A law or set of laws suggested by a government and made official by a parliament.
There needs to be changes to crime-relatedlegislation.
To make someone less enthusiastic about doing something by threatening bad results if they do it.
Tougher prison sentences may be a deterrent toother would-be offenders.
Someone who is guilty of a crime.
Prison should not be used for first-time offenders.
To cause someone who has done something wrong or committed a crime to suffer, by hurting them, forcing them to pay money, sending them to prison, etc
Those responsible for serious crimes must bepunished.
When you stop something from happening or stop someone from doing something.
The government should focus on the prevention of crime rather than introducing harsher prison sentences.
To do something illegal or something that is considered wrong.
People who commit serious crimes should be given lengthy (long) prison sentences.
A person who commits a crime.
Criminals who commit violent crimes should not be given probation.
A period of time when a criminal must behave well and not commit any more crimes in order to avoid being sent to prison.
Probation is a good way to reduce prison overcrowding, but it must only be used for those who have committed minor crimes.
To return someone or something to a good or healthy condition, state or way of living.
It is important to rehabilitate criminals while they are in prison otherwise they may re-offend (commit a crime again) when they are released from prison.
Having done something wrong or committed a crime.
If jurors (the members of a jury) find a defendant guilty, then that person must be punished.
A group of people chosen to decide in a court of law if someone is guilty of a crime or not.
To ensure fairness in a criminal trial, there must be a jury.