Topic - Crimes

Many people believe that long-term imprisonment is the solution for crimes. However, others feel that psychological assistance is what is required. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

đăng 21:42, 9 thg 8, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng

People have different views about whether long-term sentences are the best way to reduce crimes. Personally, I believe that psychological assistance is a more effective solution to this problem. 

On the one hand, there are several reasons why people think long-term imprisonment is necessary for crime prevention. Firstly, if people realize that criminals may return to society anytime, they will live in fear. Therefore, criminals should be put in jails for a long time in order to ensure the safety of other citizens in society. Secondly, the message that imprisonment conveys is that people should believe in justice and integrity, and those who commit crimes will be punished properly. Finally, when people feel that they are protected by law, they will trust their neighbors more and feel part of a community. This will help promote people’s welfare

On the other hand, for three main reasons, I strongly believe that psychological support is the more feasible solution to crimes. One reason is that as people are easily tempted by money, the majority of them may have the idea of committing crimes at least one time in their lives. Therefore, criminals should be given opportunities to re-integrate into society. Also, if offenders do not receive support, they will be likely to re-offend after they are released. Another reason why prisoners should receive psychological assistance is that some people have their personal reasons to commit crimes. For example, some adolescents pick pockets because their relatives are seriously ill and they have no choice to earn money

In conclusion, although long-term imprisonment can limit the number of criminals, I believe that the better measure for this problem should be psychological consultation

(277 words, band 8.0)

Prison is the common way in most countries to solve the problem of crime. However, a more effective solution is to provide people a better education. Agree or disagree.

đăng 07:13, 22 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 07:13, 22 thg 3, 2017 ]

People have different views about the most effective way to reduce crime. While I agree that prison can be a good solution, I would argue that it is much better for governments to educate citizens in order to minimise the problem of crime.

On the one hand, I accept that prison is a necessary measure to help governments deal with crime. Firstly, this is an effective method of punishing criminals. For example, those who commit murders in many countries might have to face a life sentence. As a result, people would be afraid of these severe punishments and are therefore less likely to offend. Secondly, when offenders are kept in jail, they cannot get out and interact with others in society. This prevents them from committing more crimes, which helps to guarantee safety for all citizens. If dangerous criminals are not sent to prison, this might be a great threat for other people.

On the other hand, I believe giving education for citizens is a much better solution to minimise the problem of crime. The first reason is that many crimes occur due to a lack of awareness. For instance, many people do not know that it is illegal to have sex with a teenager who is less than 16 years old. Therefore, it is important to educate individuals about law, which can help them to avoid making mistakes. Additionally, when people are properly educated, they can have sufficient knowledge and skills needed to get jobs and support themselves. This is likely to lead to a reduction in several types of crime such as robberies or burglaries.

In conclusion, while it is true that prison is a good way to prevent crime, I believe that education is a more effective method that should be adopted.

(295 words - by Quang Thắng)

Studies show that criminals get low level of education. Some people believe that the best way to reduce the crime is educating people in prison so they can get a job after leaving prison. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

đăng 19:39, 20 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 19:39, 20 thg 3, 2017 ]

Education for offenders during imprisonment as a method to reduce the rate of crime has evolved as a major topic of concern in today’s society. While I agree that such a solution is effective to reduce crime, I am convinced that it is far from being the best method and there are many better ways of reducing crime.

I accept that education for prisoners may contribute to the reduction of the crime rate. The primary reason is that such a form of education could provide offenders with the working skills that are essential when they return to the community. With fortified job prospects, prisoners may therefore earn a living after leaving the prison and are less likely to commit a crime again. Another significant reason is that education could show the offenders that they are still appreciated by society. By this  way,  they  may  feel an  enhanced  sense  of humanity  and  community,  and  become  better citizens after their prison years. These people may then inspire many others in the public to live without crime.

However, I am firmly of the opinion that education for offenders is not the best solution to reduce crime. This form of education is offered only to those who have committed a crime, and therefore has  far  less  preventive  value,  compared  to  other  stronger  solutions.  For  example,  severe punishments such as longer imprisonment for criminals could deter criminal acts by many people in the public who have the intention to carry out a crime. There are also other educational methods that may have a stronger and more long-lasting impact on the reduction of crime. An excellent example  of  this  is  crime  education  at  school,  which  helps  equip  students  with  the  necessary knowledge about crime and crime prevention. This measure is undeniably a more sustainable crime-fighting solution than education for criminals.

To conclude, I firmly believe that although educating prisoners is an effective way to reduce crime, it is not the best solution, as there are more preventive and sustainable measures such as crime education at school and stricter punishments for criminals.

(344 words, written by Tu Pham)

Many people are afraid to leave their homes because of the fear of crime. Some believe that more actions should be taken to prevent crime. Others feel that little can be done. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

đăng 19:36, 20 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 19:36, 20 thg 3, 2017 ]

The  popularity  of  crime  today  has  made  people  stay  indoors  for  self-protection. While  it is  a common belief that reducing the crime rate is a nearly impossible mission, I hold the view that there are certain measures which can convert the world into a safer place to live in.

On the one hand, many people argue that in such current era of moral decadence, any attempts to prevent crime would turn out to be a failure. Poverty and unemployment are considered chief precursors  to  law  violation,  and  only  when  these  two  social  issues  are  eliminated  will  crime disappear. However, it is true that a society can only provide a limited number of jobs for its residents, and those who are not lucky enough to receive good education from childhood would find it difficult to pursue a career to make ends meet. Such individuals are lack of both skills and orientation,  and  from  their  perspective,  becoming  a  thief  might  be  a  better  way  to  survive compared to unstably living on governmental subsidies or performing menial work. It seems that the root of this problem cannot be solved completely, and this is why how to halt law-breaking may remain as an insurmountable question for the government.

On the other hand, I am of the opinion that  there are still solutions to maintain criminal justice. Firstly, stricter sets of laws are required, and the penalties should be corresponding to the severity of the wrongdoings. In a variety of countries, such as the United Kingdom or Italy, the capital punishment has been abandoned; but I believe it should be reintroduced as the fear of death may deter  the  potential  offenders  and  stop  them  from  committing  serious  crime.  Secondly,  the government should encourage companies and organizations to expand and run more projects. These actions create jobs; therefore, those who live under the poverty line not only do not have to become pickpockets or burglars for survival but also stand a chance to earn a living with their own clean money.

In conclusion, I believe that the aforementioned measures can create more peaceful communities and ensure the safety of the residents.

(355 words – Thanh Nguyen IELTS)

Some people who have been in prison become good citizens later. Some people think that having these people to give a talk to school students is the best way to tell them about dangers of committing a crime. Do you agree or disagree?

đăng 19:19, 20 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 19:19, 20 thg 3, 2017 ]

Crime education is of paramount importance in any country, but the way it can be conducted is often a subject of debate in society. While I agree that asking those who are released from prison to have a talk to school students is a good education method, I also believe that there are better alternatives to the problem, as will now be discussed.

On the one hand, I agree that students may be aware of the consequences of engaging in criminal activities  when  attending  a  talk  given  by  ex-prisoners.  Their  life  stories  are  often  vivid  and persuasive, and this can attract the attention of school students easily. These ex-criminals are real examples that people have to pay for their unlawful activities, which can  raise awareness about law-abiding citizens among young people. The success of a series of educational programs on Vietnamese Television channels about the price that offenders have to pay proves that the narrative forms of crime education can work. It is hoped that a speech of used-to-be wrongdoers is promoted at all school levels in future.

However, I  believe  that  a  combination  of  different  education  methods  would  produce  a more desirable result compared to a former prisoner holding a talk. Primarily, parents should act as pioneers to educate children at an early age about social evils and how to avoid them. It has long been acknowledged that the home environment has a profound effect on the development of a child, and a significant percentage of juvenile  crime stems from insufficient education criminals receive  in  their  childhood.  Teachers  at  schools  also  play  an  important  role  in  raising  the awareness of students about crime. Moral lessons ought not to be neglected in the classroom, and a positive education environment should be promoted, contributing to crime prevention.

In conclusion, it is my opinion that a talk given by ex-offenders, albeit effective, is not the best education method for crime education.

(319 words – by

People today do not feel safe either at home or when they are out. What are the causes? What are the solutions?

đăng 17:59, 20 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 17:59, 20 thg 3, 2017 ]

People today have a sense that their safety is threatened both outside and inside their house. The reasons for this vary, and the problem should be tackled in particular ways.

There are common risks that every individual has to confront as they walk out the door. One particularly  salient  example  for  this  should  be  traffic  accidents.  High  population  density  puts pressure on the transportation system, and a rise in the number of commuting vehicles means that people now are more likely to get involved in a car crash than they were in the past.In addition, our individual safety is not guaranteed even when we stay at home. Food po isoning is a general concern today, as manufacturers are willing to trade the well-being of their customers for profits. Toxic substances are injected into many products to maintain the food’s freshness for a longer time, and this is why state hospitals are now filled with cancer and heart-disease patients.

To tackle this problem, I would like to propose several measures. Firstly, the food market has to be  better  managed.  The  government  should  examine  more  carefully  which  ingredients  are contained in pre-prepared meals sold to the public and ban those with high levels of preservatives. Secondly,  education  campaigns  about  the  benefits  of  public  transport  should  reach  every resident. For example, Hanoi Urban Transport Operation Centre has recently run a programme called “Travel by Bus every Friday” on Facebook. This encourages the local people to put a limit on the use of their personal vehicles, thus the frequency of traffic accidents would also be reduced in the long-term.

In conclusion, I believe that the mentioned remedies can certainly help people lead a safer life.

(281 words - by thanh nguyen)


Young people who commit crimes should be treated in the same as as adults who commit crimes. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

đăng 17:54, 20 thg 3, 2017 bởi Nam Đỗ Hoàng   [ đã cập nhật 17:54, 20 thg 3, 2017 ]

 There is an opinion that young offenders should be held accountable for their actions just as adults. While I find this viewpoint of some people justifiable to some extent, I also argue that treating both young and mature lawbreakers equally may prove to have adverse effects.

On the one hand, I can understand why young age should be no deterrent to the way of dealing with  criminals.  If  these  juvenile  delinquents  were  easily  pardoned  in  place  of  receiving  strict punishments as adults, they would not become fully aware of the serious consequences of their crimes. Therefore imposing appropriate punishments could prevent them from conducting illegal actions  in  the  future.  Besides,  young  perpetrators  usually  receive  lighter  sentences  that  they deserve, which is apparently an injustice to the victims. In Vietnam, there was a well-known case in which a teenager murdered almost every member of a family deliberately, escaping the death sentence due to being a few months under the responsible age.

On the other hand, I am convinced that it is better for juvenile criminals to be tried in a different court from that for adults. Firstly, children are proven not to have sufficient intellectual or moral capacity to understand the outcomes of their misdeeds, so they lack the necessary conditions to be trial defendants as grown-up people. Secondly, when given a second chance, these underage convicts can have an opportunity to successfully rehabilitate and learn a valuable lesson. Thirdly, children can be negatively influenced by some bad role models, which should also be taken into consideration to give them a fair trial.

In  conclusion,  breakers  of  laws  should  not  be  spared  of  punishments,  but  I  believe  young offenders should be dealt with differently from adults.

(276 words – by Bảo Nguyễn)

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