Re: they'd just have high levels of knife crime
It's not just the societal guard rails, it's also having none of the monetary pitfalls/spears pushing ppl over the edge. I just read an article in the Economist about Electronic Tagging and I'm a bit flabbergasted about the way it works in the US.
So this lady has spent 3 weeks in jail because she got into an argument whilst on probation and the other party called the cops. 3 weeks cos she can't afford the 500USD bail.
A charity pays the bail at that point, and she has to wear electronic tagging.
She's charged 13USD per day and 50USD initial.
After several weeks and no-shows by the claimant, the charges are dismissed and the lady is released as innocent as she was when she went in, but now in debt for X hundreds of USD...
The tagging costs the authorities far less than keeping someone locked up, so I'm not sure why they don't foot the bill.