IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 717 - The role of prisons should be to punish criminals who have committed serious crimes

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

The role of prisons should be to punish criminals who have committed serious crimes. Training courses and education offered to prisoners are a waste of taxpayer's money. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

You should give reasons for your answer using your own ideas and experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
It is true that, jails play a vital role to decelerate the crime rates by imposing imprisonment over the offenders. Several developmental programs are provided to the prisoners to upgrade their social attitude and transform their mind towards positivity. However, many people believe that these activities does not draw benefits, rather than it is a matter of complete vain. Although, I contend opposite of the given statement and in further I will provide several advantages of present setup of prison.

First of all, it is undeniable that, captivity helps to reduce crimes in society. Now-a-days people get apprehensive to embark for any violated activity. Because the negative impacts of imprisonment are numerous. For instance, this lead to loss of social respect and captive’s family passes their days as like a terrible nightmare. Additionally. Imprisonment develops fear, guilt inside criminals mind, therefore they realize their faults and stay away from further explicable acts. Sometimes, it is also a perfect way of taking revenge for the victims.

Moreover, in present time many voluntary developmental programs and workshops are ongoing in the prisons of almost all the countries. By getting vocational trainings, prisoners can expect a better life outside. For example, a thief who steel someone’s belongings, in turn to get money and food, may not engage in further crime as he has adequate skills and learnings to be employed and thus, lead a respectable life. Various educational programs can motivate and diverse the criminal attitudes towards a better life which is not only benefiting the individual but also deterring crime in the society.

To sum up, jails are one of the important part of our community which is dealing strongly with the criminals and criminal activity, despite having any trade-off. While the recent addition of educational and developmental training programs are necessary for both individual and community.

[ Written by - Fatima Chowdhury ]

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