edingerc t1_iy9ljzy wrote

The primary purpose of prison isn't to rehabilitate. It's a wonderful side effect, if we could accomplish it. Otherwise, they wouldn't imprison sociopaths that are incapable of reform. The primary purpose of prison is to help to keep the public safe. A longer sentence for someone with violent tendencies and impulse control, adds up to safer streets. His victim didn't die because he didn't do a good job cutting his throat; the intention was an impulse murder.