Do you think it's a good thing that the punishment of criminals is executed by an independent system (court with judges, advocates etc. who decide on a punishment) or should the victim be able to punish them instead?
114 deviants said
I think it's good that punishments for crimes are executed by an independent system.
29 deviants said
I think they should let the victim/the victim's family take care of the punishment of the criminal.
As others are saying, there are problems with both, but the court system is something constant and something you can trust (even if only to a point), while people's families range as far as the earth, and you never know what they'll want. Definitely think that it's okay how it is.
I believe that while neither option is perfect, an independent system is probably better as a) it's more reliable in facts etc., and b) they're a lot more fair? I can't word it properly but they try and make the outcome just and equal to the charges, whereas the victim/victims family will provide "what they deserve"
Eh..... The justice system is definitely far from perfect, but at least it's somewhat organized and civil. Punishment by the victim can get out of hand extremely quick--especially with horrible crimes such as murder. On one hand, vengeance is NOT a good thing you want to encourage in people. That's only gonna make things worse, and affect people in an even more negative way. Sure, I think criminals deserve punishment...but I still try to be humane and would only resort to physical punishment if they REALLY deserved it. People resort to crime for many reasons: survival, for a loved one, they had no choice... On the other hand, it's easy to sympathize with victims. None of us want to be robbed, or have a loved one murdered. You can't blame a victim from being rash, enraged, and/or traumatized by what happened to them. Whatever punishment those criminals get deserve what's coming to them! They should've known not to do bad things!
The justice system is flawed and I hate the sentence numbers that are currently implemented. Many feel that criminals aren't punished enough. Obvious evil folks are released back into the world only to commit more evil. I can't really pick a side, but I do want to keep the system around for the sake of order.
yeah, but criminals are treated like kings these days...
Maybe if the justice system actually handled them properly, including making them feel what some of their victims have, then I'd have more confidence in it...
Tell me, is it fair that rapists can do absolutely horrendous things to others, and they get a needle of poison, or a fatal shot from a random gun? I say hell no. I think that equally as awful things should happen to them. Good thing their fellow inmates sometimes have enough of a moral compass to punish them for us. Their punishment should suit their crime, maybe experiencing rape as a victim themselves would teach them, and others, a lesson! Same goes for all the others, they do horrible stuff to others, they can expect the same.This also could help if done right, for those small-time offenders who might still develop into model citizens, if they're not given harsh sentences for small things, or even accidents... It's actually a complex matter I'd rather not discuss.... Oh, and another thing: diet of bread and water, and lose all the other privileges. It's bullshit! They get to live like kings at the expense of the taxpayers? that's stupid! Given the choice between seeing a rapist given a life sentence, or even the death penalty, and seeing him slaughtered with no mercy like a pig (ideally by a victim or their friends/family), I will take the latter. Same goes for these serial killers, and the little cowards who take-on people much weaker or smaller than them.
It's good that there's a system but like for some crimes they just seems to excuse them for some reason Like rly the system shouldn't depend on who the criminal is & I also think that's why letting the victim decide wouldn't really work too well bc for a judge this is just some random person who committed a crime, they're just doing their job, but for the victim that criminal is someone who has hurt them personally also there's still the chance they can blame the wrong person & then someone innocent could get like a really severe wrathful punishment otherwise
if the victim's families chose the punishment then of course SOME would choose a suitable punishment, but others might give too big of a punishment because of grief or something. It would make sure the criminal was punished and that's good, but I think that it's better to have an independent system.
I think that the victim should have a say in what happens for sure, however I don't think they should have full control because they're often extremely biased and can't think rationally at the time. That being said, I do think they should have a considerable say in what happens, due to it affecting them personally on varied levels.
I don't really have a preferred answer. However, I do have one belief.
Murder is a serious case and often results in YEARS in prison.
I don't believe in this.
I believe that if you murder somebody, you should be in prison for the number of years you took from them. For example, if you murder a 16-year-old boy. Average person lives 82 years. 82 minus 16 is 66. Spend 66 years in prison.
Plus, there are always people who see abortion as murder. According to their logic, that mother should spend the rest of her life in prison because she took a potential life away (I do not agree with this but I know people who would)).
I don't believe such a system would work, personally.
I know but still the younger the person the more life you took not the other way around...of course no matter what, it is bad and you took away the life of someone but I'm just saying Like if someone lived longer than average and was killed they had their fill of life but yes could of lived longer and yes if the person was murdered that's awful and the killer should serve serious consequences