Justice Ain't Justice
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Our penal systems vary and are based on dogma. Religious dogma.
The Islamic woman who is raped, and cannot produce witnesses to testify that she was, will be stoned to death. The European woman who is raped and can point a finger at her “violator” will have him gaoled… in a “correctional centre”.
A correction center? Gaol corrects nothing! Gaol is a penal institution that inflicts penalties! Penalties as severe as irreversible death… State sanctioned murder. Thousands of innocent people have been executed.
DNA testing of the same evidence that earned them execution, now tells us they were innocent! We have murdered thousands of innocent people! Do we care?
No! We don’t care because we have invented systems to dissipate the blame… we all still sleep well at night.
The State can blame the judiciary, the judiciary can blame the jury the jury blames the other jurists. The executioner is anonymous or the process of execution is automated so no-one can be responsible.
Inept counsel, police under pressure from the Press or bent on proving an original suspicion, emotional juries and incompetent, sometimes corrupt judges… all get it wrong, too often.
The penal system is interwoven with politics.
The US has three million detainees in gaols and thousands on death row. Even if they are guilty, at what monetary cost and with what hope of reform?
Exhorbitant and none.
Good, honest, law-abiding young citizens are sent home to their parents from Iraq in body bags while the convict watches the war in a warm bed on colour television, waiting for his next hot meal to arrive.
Why don’t we have the “B” army for criminals? Train them, give them an outlet for their frustrations, teach them discipline, pride, accomplishment and dedication to something society believes is a good cause. Give them ambition to progress to the “A” army!
Give them guns to fight with… or are we worried about friendly fire when we were going to kill them anyway?
Criminals are not all bad. They built Australia.
Since when has incarceration “corrected” anyone or made anyone a better person?
We abolished the death penalty subsequent to Ronald Ryan only because we felt uneasy about doing it… for no other reason. What we do now is far worse and at a far greater cost, with no resolution, in order to assuage our delicate feelings. It’s easier to forget the felon spending life in gaol than it is to forget that we, the State, murdered him.
Half the incarcerated have severe mental problems. “But we need to keep bad people off the street!”, they say.
A “B” army would be productive (and off the street).
Why use “good” people to disarm bombs while the “bad” people laugh at their predicament?
Why not use the $4 million an hour it costs to incarcerate people of the world, for something good? It costs more to keep someone in gaol than it does to keep a sick person in a hospital… and we can’t even afford a hospital bed for the “good” people!
Why not use the “B” army to build and staff agricultural universities in third world countries?
Would a criminal have a better chance of “correction” after 10 years in a “correctional” facility or would he have a better chance of correction after the completion of ten years helping a third-world country to self sufficiency in food?
The answer (and the economics) is obvious!
Most convicts are real live people with broken minds. They have never experienced social, parental or peer discipline or responsibility. They are aimlessly locked into a culture of crime their children and their grand children will follow.
Inured judges blithely hand out sentences of 75 years for armed robbery and 7 years for murder... depending on what side of the bed they arose from that morning.
The criminal is “afforded” an incompetent State-funded legal counsel, who couldn’t get a copper off a parking ticket, while the well-heeled get off Scott free!
Justice ain’t justice!
Justice belongs only to those who can pay enough for it.