IELTS Essay Sample Questions # Criminals

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Some prisoners commit crimes after they have been evicted from the prison. What do you think is the cause of it and how can it be solved?

Write at least 250 words.

SAMPLE ANSWER

Criminal punishment, all over the world, has become more civil when compared with traditional methods however its behavior for reforms has been questioned regularly. Although the number of criminals who do not repeat their acts is high in numbers, there is the other half of the coin who find themselves in and out of the jail.

The logic of jail beholds that criminals are separated from the society so that they can introspect their actions. However, one cannot deny the influence the place has on individuals. Drug barons and mafias are infamous for recruiting during their jail tenure. So, a thief in their company ends up being a loyal member of the criminal force. Even more, society often jettison’s the criminals. As a result, offenders tend to repeat the crimes.

One solution could be to send the first time offenders to community service in places where they did the damage. For example, in my town petty crime is punished with terms such as street cleaning and rubbish collection. This instills in the individuals a sense of pride. In addition, they tend to get less time interacting with the criminal world making them less susceptible to do a crime. Secondly, people once imprisoned should be provided a job once they are out of jail. The lack of work is what leads people to repeat the hideous acts.

Overall, the present correctional facilities often promote criminal activities and are the root of the problem. The society needs drastic changes in order to instill the sense of forgiveness and help criminals rehabilitate.

Vocabulary

introspect – examine one’s own thoughts or feelings.

drug barons – a person who controls an organization dealing in illegal drugs.

infamous – well known for some bad quality or deed.

jettison – abandon or discard (someone or something that is no longer wanted).

susceptible – likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing.

imprisoned – kept in prison: Captive.

hideous – extremely ugly

rehabilitate – restore (someone) to health or normal life by training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness.

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