It is only the small fry and ordinary law abiding citizen- often termed as small fish who are scared and afraid. The ' Big fish' always have their way. Just read some of the last two days newspapers. a prominent person sent to jail has given a charter of demands to the jail authorities. We have to pay in thousands to get a hotel room with such facilities. Such wrong doers take jail as a picnic only.
Punishment should serve as deterrents. However we see reports of politically well connected hardened criminals released using discretionary political powers when govts change in states. Parole and amnesty are given to some punished criminals overlooking rule and laid out guidelines. In jails also 'all are equal, but some are more equal than others'. People get to see these 'more equals enjoying there. That makes the attitude change.