Some people who have been in prison become good citizens later, and it is often argued that these are the best people to talk to teenagers about the dangers of committing a crime. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is true that people who are ex-prisoners can be normal after getting some treatments in prison. I agree that they are the best source for teenagers to learn about the consequences from breaking the law.
Firstly, real experience is the best way to discourage young people from committing a crime. Young people are more likely to accept advice from people who have suffered from the prison. Reformed offenders can tell young people about how they became involved, the dangers of a criminal lifestyle and what life in the prison really like. They can also ask anything about their lifes after finishing the punishment because certain society is quite hard to accept ex-prisoners joining their group. In certain society is still afraid of them especially serious crimes offenders even though they have become normal.
Secondly, the alternative ways may less effective. Police officers can tell young people or students about the consequences of committing a crime, but they often reluctant to take advice from figures of authority. The teacher can speak in front of students about prevailing laws which forbid crime, I am believe that students will doubtly see them as a credible source of informations because it is like telling something that they never feel. Educational film or videos might be informative, but I am sure that it will be boring because teenagers cannot interact freely with it.
Finally, Reformed offenders can be very useful to talk about dangers of breaking the law. They are the witness of deterrent effect for people who have broken the law.