I am an attorney who has been representing indigent indigent 1) n. a person so poor and needy that he/she cannot provide the necessities of life (food, clothing, decent shelter) for himself/herself. 2) n. one without sufficient income to afford a lawyer for defense in a criminal case. clients for the past 14 years. When I read a November 1 letter-to-the-editor titled "Wrongful Incarceration Confinement in a jail or prison; imprisonment.
Police officers and other law enforcement officers are authorized by federal, state, and local lawmakers to arrest and confine persons suspected of crimes. The judicial system is authorized to confine persons convicted of crimes. ," the writer's logic seemed to make sense. "It is truly unfortunate ... and I'm sure we all agree that the pain of his loss must be enormous. But, as unfortunate as it is, it really isn't anybody's fault. Think about it, he didn't go to prison in a vacuum. He either pied guilty or no contest or a jury convicted him."
The writer noted that "technological improvement is a result of the march of time" that shouldn't be used as a crutch crutch (kruch) a staff, ordinarily extending from the armpit to the ground, with a support for the hand and usually also for the arm or axilla; used to support the body in walking.
n. in today's "culture of victimization victimization Social medicine The abuse of the disenfranchised–eg, those underage, elderly, ♀, mentally retarded, illegal aliens, or other, by coercing them into illegal activities–eg, drug trade, pornography, prostitution. " and asked "who pays when the guilty go free?"
I did think about it and one thought predictably led to another. There's more to the issue than logic. Our society is organized for the purpose of doing good--by, of, and for the people. We embrace the Golden Rule. When people are unintentionally harmed by the operation of our institutions, including but not limited to an imperfect and evolving criminal justice system, reparation Compensation for an injury; redress for a wrong inflicted.
The losing countries in a war often must pay damages to the victors for the economic harm that the losing countries inflicted during wartime. These damages are commonly called military reparations. ought to be the response. But lawyers and jurors alone should not be targeted for any such cost--victim or otherwise.
Permitting the guilty to escape justice is the price American society pays to counterbalance the effect of our known human imperfections. That cost is borne by the whole. We all know this burden stems from our belief that innocence until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt--and adherence to rules--must be at the heart of our criminal justice system.
Technology aside, making amends for our mistakes goes far beyond being politically correct. It is evolutionary--sociological improvement that has given rise to an ethic of reciprocity The ethic of reciprocity or "The Golden Rule" is a fundamental moral principle which simply means "treat others as you would like to be treated." It is arguably the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights. unanimously shared by all major religions.