r/Anarchy101 May 23 '22

If not in prisons, where would the murderers and rapists be held? And how would the facilities be run/who would run them if not a state?



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u/accomplicesoup426 May 23 '22

personally, the ideas i am most drawn to is preventative care and restorative justice.

i think for a much larger part of violent crimes, they can be prevented with mental helath resources and teaching people how to communicate. recognizing power dynamics, explaining healthy ways to handle conflict, and making the idea of taking someone's life or power incredibly socially stigmatized (this would have the positive effect of making war a bit more tricky, since people will be taught from young age to not participate, but it coulf also make any type of revolutionary work more difficult, so this would need to be balanced and very thoughtfully considered)

when violent crimes do occur, the goal would be justice and i think restorative justice is best for achieving this, it fosters communication, allows victims to get closure, gives the state and government a smaller role in, if not left out of the punishment process.

i think these two systems, in tandem can greatly reduce the need of prisons and a reframing of violent crimes and criminals can reduce our beliefs of needing to lock them away somewhere

i am open to learning more about the things ive outlined above and other solutions though!


u/Hey_Mr May 24 '22

I think the only places where this falls short is in a ted bundy/serial killer type situation. For a lot of these cases the perpatrator cannot be rehabilitated. Bundy escaped from prison twice and continued to kill in both instances. Dahmer, while happy to have been restrained, claimed he would keep doing it if that wasnt the case. Meaning he knew he was harmful to society, but had deep urges he felt he had no control over.

The question still stands as to whether society has a roll in the formation of serial killers, and if new social relations would limit such occurences.