It’s been a while but I thought I’d mention some thoughts I had after reading an online new article and its comments.
Basically, the article was talking about the improvement being made by a 12 yr old girl in Alberta. This girl, unnamed by the media for security reasons, teamed up with her 23 year old boyfriend and murdered her parents and younger brother in 2006, because the parents didn’t approve of her relationship. The 23 year old was given 25 years in prison and the girl 10; the maximum sentence for a minor.
The article is talking about how the girl is doing therapy, has done well in school, and is now starting a university degree.
Many of the comments on the article are talking about how our justice system is awful and the fact that this girl isn’t in jail for life, or hasn’t been executed, is disgusting. Personally, I find all those comments disgusting and frankly, horrifying.
All of them talk about character and knowing the difference between right and wrong, and they are SO convinced that they are better than this girl. How? Regardless of the reason, they are wishing death on another person. How are they not similar to her? Is the presence of action really what distinguishes between good and bad character?
That question is my major musing for the day.
Another thing, though, that doesn’t make logical sense to me at all, is; what is the purpose of a life sentence, or capital punishment? They boggle my mind. The purpose of punishment, what makes it different from causing somebody pain for the simple sake of one’s own sense of fulfillment, is the idea that somebody will learn something from it. The purpose of that, is to have a chance to show that they have learned from it. Hence, how do life sentences and capital punishment contribute to that at all?
One comment that was defending the choice to let this girl attend university really struck me; ‘What if this girl creates a cure for cancer? Wouldn’t that repay her debt to society?’
Here is the link to the article: