non-violent/nonviolent crimes

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Are both of bold words correct?

Some people believe that non-violent/nonviolent crimes, such as those/ones against property should be punished much less.
 

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The words in bold are fine but you need a comma after 'property' and I'm not sure what you mean by 'punished less'. Do you mean non-violent crimes should be punished less often or that they should receive a lighter sentence?
 
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I think it means that violent crimes should have a harsher punishment that non-violent ones, though this needs a bit of work in the original to make it clear.
 

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that they should receive a lighter sentence?
Yes. I mean victim-less crimes should be punished less.

I think it means that violent crimes should have a harsher punishment that non-violent ones
Yes. Exactly
 

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I think it means that violent crimes should have a harsher punishment that non-violent ones, though this needs a bit of work in the original to make it clear.
Could you please tell me how I can make the OP more clear?
 

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non-violent (hyphenated)
victimless (not hyphenated)
 

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Could you please tell me how I can make the OP more clear?

Here is a sentence that makes it clearer.

Some people believe that non-violent crimes, such as those against property, should receive a lighter sentence than violent crimes.
 

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Non-violent is not the same as victimless!

If I hack into your bank account and steal all your money, I haven't committed a violent act, but there is certainly a victim.
 
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