IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 811 - There are many ways of preventing crime that are much better than prison

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

There are many ways of preventing crime that are much better than prison.

Do you agree or disagree with this view?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
It is believed that there are other effective and efficient methods for anticipating crimes, besides prison. To a certain point I would agree with the statement, but each people have their own different personalities. Some people could be developed through social and humanistic approaches, but there are others who can only be disciplined through imprisonment.

On the one hand, some people believe that the government should find other alternative ways in preventing crimes besides jail punishment. These people think that crimes could be prevented through humanistic approach, such as giving campaigns and awareness of crimes through social media. And then the government could also prevent crimes through some holistic approaches, such as giving some religious seminars about the negative effect of crimes. These people believe that these humanistic methods are more effective in reducing the number of crimes than prison.

On the other hand, it is a fact that every criminal has his/her different personality as each of them came from different cultures and backgrounds. Some people have been raised in a tough neighborhood such as being raised in a conflict area or living in a poor and slum suburb. As a result, these people are familiar with violence and crimes. Humanistic and social approaches could not be implemented for these people, and imprisonment would be the most effective methods for them.

In conclusion, it is said that there should be another way in preventing crimes besides prison. I personally believe that both methods should be combined. Governments should start with a more humanistic approach in preventing crimes by giving campaigns to their people. Once they found that the method is ineffective then they should change the method into warnings and fines. And if these methods still could not reduce the number of crimes, then governments should implement the imprisonment.

[ Written by - Darwin Lesmana ]

Model Answer 2:
An act is considered a crime if its nature deviates from the prevailing laws though there are different aspects and types of crimes, I would like to brief up crimes which result in imprisonment. A person is imprisoned so that the living society is not harmed by his acts and also a chance that the inmate gets corrected.

We see that prison certainly prevents crime but there are also certain better ways by which a person can be controlled to commit crime. Firstly by maintaining a complete database of the doubtful citizens, this can be done by the police department because they possess the data of each and every individual and using this data his/her activities can be monitored and a close check can be kept on such suspicious persons. Secondly counseling should be done to persons who are susceptible to commit crimes.

There are many ways to prevent crimes apart from the above stated and they would certainly control the crime rate and correct the anti-social elements prevailing in our societies for instance a person commits robbery due to the want of money and if the victim opposes, the robber tries to harm the victim and steals the valuables.

We see that in general crimes are done due to hunger, want of money, poverty and unemployment. If the authorities have a check on the above stated reasons and care is taken to check the situation of the person who is in doubt then certainly majority of the crimes can be reduced.

Apart from the above there are certain crimes which are done in haste, these types of crimes can be controlled by delivering psychological counseling to such people and diverting their minds by inducing them to various other recreational activities like meditation, yoga and spiritual thinking etc.

As far as my opinion is concerned it is good that a person should think twice before committing crime and such thoughts are to be inculcated into his mind and certainly there will be a drastic downfall in crime rate and subsequently reduction in state’s exchequer envisaged for handling prisons. But prisons are also necessary for handling heinous criminals and with prisons their effect on society can be controlled. There are many other ways to prevent crime but the need of such alternatives has to be debated on a broader scale before taking a decision.

[ Written by - Talluri ]



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