Who is meant to ensure that ultimate justice is served in this world, God or man?
For those of you who say God, where is he? When have you ever seen God execute a pedophile or stop any horrible crime from happening? You may argue that he will ensure justice will be served in the afterlife, but how do you know that an afterlife exists? And can you honestly say that any crime, no matter how terrible it may be, deserves an infinite amount of torture in hell? How is that justified? Any punishment that lasts for an eternity would actually be unjust, because the punishment would not fit the crime and would forever keep the scales of justice unbalanced.
Suppose there was a hell and God did punish evil-doers by sending them there, the only way such a sentence could be justified is if a crime was eternal. Now there is no way that an eternal crime can be committed in a finite world, thus the entire concept of hell being a punishment forever is unjust. However, it would be absolutely just, let’s say for a pedophile, to burn in hell for only the entire duration of their victims’ lives. So if a pedophile molested 12 children in his life time, in order for justice to be served and the scales to balance once again, the pedophile need only to be in hell until they all passed away then be destroyed by God completely, otherwise it would be literally overkill and unjust, as he would be continually tortured for crimes that no longer have an effect on his victims or society and his eternal suffering would unbalance the scales once again.
Putting aside any notions of God, hell, and supernatural justice, we need to focus on ridding our world of evils that we can deal with ourselves in our reality. They only way to truly secure a better future for our children and to bring order to society is to deal with evil very harshly. I am absolutely against the idea of putting a pedophile, rapist, murderer, or traitor in prison for life. In my opinion, the punishment for all of these crimes must be death; for their effects on society are irreversible and are the most damaging. Furthermore, using our tax dollars to keep such animals alive is absolutely unjust to us.
I believe society has gotten weaker, complacent, and corrupt because the law isn’t enforced by punishments that do any justice. From corrupt politicians destroying our countries, to underground pedophile rings operating without fear, we are allowing too much evil to go unpunished; and the people, who are not demanding ultimate justice, are indeed, enabling all forms if injustice to exist. How is it possible that politicians can lie about wars that result in the deaths of millions of innocent people and simply to resign from their positions as if nothing happened? If anyone of us made a miscalculation in our judgement that lead to the death of even one human being we would face manslaughter charges, yet politicians can make terrible decisions costing the lives of millions and walk away scot-free? How is it that corrupt bankers can steal from our nation with elaborate schemes and sell our country to special interests, only to pay fine to avoid serious jail time? Do you think either scenarios would occur more or less if death was the punishment of both evils against society?
I of course do not believe that all crimes deserve death, but I do believe that life in prison is a waste of human energy and tax dollars. One who is worthy of life in prison should be executed instead of being locked away.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the average annual cost of incarceration in Federal prisons in 2010 was $28,284 per inmate. That cost is reduced at the Federal Community Corrections Centers; in 2010 the annual cost was $25,838. “
Law Dictionary: What is the Average Cost to House Inmates in Prison
To me this is unjust; especially when a prisoner cannot be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society. For what reason do we even keep such people alive in a cell doing nothing when many are sentenced for life on our dollars for crimes that deserve death? Many would argue that it is not our place to “kill” people because God will handle it, so they are against the death penalty for religious reasons; some simply think prison is worse than death; I argue both positions are weak and cause greater harm than good to society. However, I think there is also another form of punishment which I believe is a sort of a middle ground between the death penalty and incarceration: slavery.
If a person who was convicted of a terrible crime was stripped of all of their rights, branded as a slave for life, and then put in a slave labor camp to produce goods for society, then I believe that would not only be just but also very beneficial for society. Why? Because criminals who should be dead would instead be paying their debt to society with slave labor to produce things that benefit others’ lives instead of rotting in a cell. So for serious crimes that do not cause the death of innocents, permanently harms people, or puts our country as risk, slave labor would be absolutely appropriate because much needed good could come out of it. If taxpayers must spend their dollars to keep a slave alive, then it is only just for these slaves to work for these taxpayers in return.
Slave labor in a work camp should not be pleasant; the only right the slave would have is not being unjustly killed or tortured. That is not to say, however, that such a slave cannot be beaten or roughed-up by guards for disobeying and causing disorder. In fact, slave labor camps should be a form of hell, but not a place that is cruel or unjust, unless it is part of disciplining a slave. Each slave should receive enough food to eat, have adequate sleep, and be protected from other slaves who wish to them harm. But all of these ‘rights’ are only there to protect the taxpayers’ investment to ensure that slave is physically able to produce more goods for the state, rather than for the sake of the slaves well-being. Should a slave harm another slave or try to escape, then they should be executed by tribunal: At that point they have proven they deserve death, and death they shall receive.
The death penalty for the worst crimes against society should only be used when there is no question of person’s guilt; for such would ensure that the margin of error of killing people who are not guilty by mistake would be reduced greatly. And when someone is sentenced to death, it should be done so within a reasonable amount of time; not having them sit on death-row for decades and costing the taxpayer millions. In fact, death row should only last long enough to get the method of execution ready and the witnesses gathered to watch justice be served.
In regards to unjustly deaths, which rarely occur, slave labor for life could be the answer in reducing such mistakes. Suppose a prisoner was actually innocent but was sentenced to life in a camp, he would have his entire life ahead of him to be vindicated should there be any by new evidence instead of being killed unjustly based on bad evidence. If he was vindicated by new evidence in the future then he would be compensated for his unjust sentence, his rights returned, and set free; justice would be restored.
Now why do I believe that such harsh measures are necessary for our society today? Why is death or slavery, as barbaric as it may be to some, be the real solution to truly reducing all crime; especially terrible crimes such as rape, pedophile, murder and treason? Because if the perpetrators of these crimes knew that their actions would absolutely result in their death or a life of slavery, I would argue that less people would do them: Politicians would be less inclined to commit treason, murderers less inclined to kill, pedophiles less inclined to molest, and rapists less inclined to rape. But since these people know that there is a chance that they will be able to sit in a cell, read books, make new friends, and get three meals a day for the rest of their lives, they more likely to take the chance.
Because of our weakness and fear to serve ultimate justice, we are actually responsible for facilitating ultimate injustice. Criminals, traitors, rapists, molesters should all be in constant fear or their lives, not serving in our political system! We need to stop being weak on crime and start being harsh crime; we need to stop relying on God and start realizing we are the masters of this world and need to take justice into our own hands, otherwise we will continue to pay for crime with our tax dollars and our citizens’ innocent lives.