Jail Time Pill

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  1. B_spiker067

    B_spiker067 New Member

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    Here's a new, different thought, I think!?!

    There has been a lot of work on dramatically increasing the longevity of human life and it is being found to be very difficult to accomplish. The opposite I'm guessing would be simpler...

    Meaning. Let say you were convicted of a crime and sentenced to 10 years in prison. But they offered you an alternative. Spend a year in jail and every four months take a pill that would age you three years and be let out at the end of the year. Would you do? Do you think this would be ethical? Any other comments?
     
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    I think I saw this on Star Trek Deep Space Nine .
    Chief O'Brian gets convicted of a crime on an alien planet and they
    Sentence him to 20 years in prison, but it's carried out
    pyschologicaly but inducing false memories.

    Good idea.
     
  3. Pecker

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    It would make a good Tom Hanks movie:

    "Big 2: Old"
     
  4. rob_just_rob

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    I thought that jail time was supposed to have one or more of the following effects on the offender and others:

    1) Deterrence (for the offender and others)
    2) Punishment (for the offender)
    3) Removal of the offender from society
    4) Reformation (of the offender)

    This idea of yours seems to diminish the likelihood of any of these aims being achieved. Assuming you meant this seriously.

    Moreover, what if the prisoner taking the first pill only had a life expectancy of two years? Your jail sentence becomes a death sentence.
     
  5. B_spiker067

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    I don't know. If I had to go to jail for a year and have aged 10 years when I got out, I think I would be deterred from committing more offenses.

    Going in 25 and coming out biochemically 35 you'd probably have less biology driving criminal behavior. Plus, it would be voluntary. A father could come out after a year and take care of his kids. Prison overcrowding would probably be less of an issue.:biggrin1:

    On your last point. Maybe a physical could screen out the near death inmates.

    I'm only mildly serious though, a pill that could age people gracefully is probably only slightly more doable than a fountain of youth pill seems to be.
     
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    This "miracle" substance already exists: methamphetamine.

    Haven't you ever seen the before & after photos of hardcore meth addicts? The aging process is accelerated tenfold on average, even moreso in the sadder cases.
     
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    I have a comment, your idea sucks! :mad:



    Thank you Rob! You succinctly put into words many of the reasons the OP's idea sucks.
     
  8. Nrets

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    Meth does age people. Would you choose to get totally twacked 3 times during a 1 year sentence to age yourself 10 years as punishment? I wouldn't.
     
  9. dolfette

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    a 20 something guy rarely cares about what state he'll be in at 45+
    they often think at that age that they'd rather die than live till 80.

    if they cared about living longer, why are so many people eating junk, drinking, smoking, taking drugs & not exercising?

    it's not moral, it wouldn't deter a lot of people and it would see criminals out on the street, still a threat to the public.
     
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