Should young offenders be put in prison? [18.5 out of 20, 2000/2001]


Chris Larham’s English and French consideration of whether young offenders should be put in prison [18.5 out of 20, 2000/2001] can be opened in a print-friendly text document format here
An image of the original graded work can be seen here
An image of Chris Larham’s ‘A’-grade AS Level French certificate can be seen here


Faut-il mettre les adolescents [ados délinquants] en prison?

Should young offenders be put in prison?

Personnellement, je suis contre mettre les ados délinquants en prison. À mon avis, ce n’est pas bon pour leur santé d’être enfermés pendant toute la journée chaque jour par semaine. S’ils sont très jeunes, ils ne comprennent pas forcément pourquoi ils sont là. Je pense que ce n’est pas seulement une question d’âge, mais plutôt une question de personnalité. Je crois qu’il faut absolument éviter de mettre des jeunes délinquants en rapport avec la police. Il coûte cher et la prison n’apporte pas grand-chose pour la petite délinquance. C’est également possible que les jeunes peuvent être influencés par les autre prisonniers. Je ne pense pas que c’est une bonne idée du tout, car, à mon avis, la prison peut compromettre leur avenir: il sera plus difficile plus tard de trouver un emploi. Finalement, la prison ne marche pas comme institution, selon les lois de psychologie (qui concernent la conduite d’humains) – pour punition avoir du succés il faut être:

  • Cohérent
  • Intense
  • Rapide

Malheureusement, la prison échoue à renfoncer tous les trois principes, donc ce n’est pas la solution de nos problèmes!

“Dans le cas d’un viol ou d’un meurtre, je ne vois pas que le prison, mais en tâchant de soigner les jeunes à l’intérieur” [- une citation de Joseph -]


Le psychiatre: Pourquoi est-ce que vous avez fait ces crimes, monsieur?

Le prisonnier: Je trouve ma vie vraiment ennuyeux – je n’ai pas de copains…

[ il faut aider les prisonniers] [^]

Personally, I am against putting young offenders in prison. In my opinion, it is not good for their health to be confined all day long, every day of the week. If they are very young they do not really understand why they are there. I do not think that it is only a question of age, but rather a question of personality. I believe that it is of the utmost importance to avoid putting juvenile delinquents in a lifelong relationship with the police. It costs a lot of money, and prison does not really help young offenders. It is equally possible that young people could be influenced by the other prisoners. I really do not think that it is a good idea at all, because, in my opinion, prison could compromise their future: it will be more difficult to find a job later in life. Finally, prison does not work as an institution – according to the laws of psychology (concerning human behaviour), for punishment to be successful it must be:

  • consistent
  • intense
  • immediate

Unfortunately, prison fails to reinforce all three principles, therefore it is not the solution to our problems!

“In the case of rape or murder, I see prison as the only option – but we should endeavour to help young offenders while they are ‘inside'” [- une citation de Joseph -]


Psychiatrist: Why have you committed these crimes, young man?

Prisoner: I am bored with life, I have no friends…

[it is necessary to help the prisoners] [^]

© Copyright 2016-present date Permission to use quotations from this piece of French AS Level work is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to Chris Larham and as authorial and website sources, respectively.

Web design certified by:
An image of the w3schools logo An image of the SoloLearn logo An image of the Skillsology logo
Click images for proof of certification.

34-year-old father of three wonderful children [William, Seth, and Alyssa]. Works as an Assistant Technical Officer in the Sterile Services Department of Treliske Hospital, Cornwall. Enjoys jogging, web design, being a bit of a geek, and supporting Arsenal FC. Obtained a BA degree in English from the University of Bolton in 2008, and has continued to gain qualifications in a diverse range of subjects thereafter.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in AS Level French [A1]

** Comments Section ~ Leave a Comment **

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: