IELTS Writing Topics: Crime & Punishment

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Here are some past IELTS Task 2 Writing Topics.  Could you write 250 words in 40 minutes?

Do you believe that societies ought to enforce capital punishment or are there alternative forms of punishment that would be better used? 

Give reasons for your answers. 

Today there are many cases of juvenile crime.  This is because both parents are often working. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this viewpoint?

More and more measures to improve the security in large urban areas have been introduced in many countries because of increased crime.

Do the benefits of these measures outweigh the drawbacks?

Some parents expect schools to monitor their children‘s behaviour and tell them what is ‘right‘ or ‘wrong’.  Others say schools should not be responsible for children’s behaviour.  

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime. Others argue that the circumstances and motivation of an individual crime should always be considered when deciding on the punishment. 

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.



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