People often hear about crimes that were committed and how the doer was punished. (or not) However, often times the doer is not punished in a way that will give the victim any type of justice. For instance, a man kills another man. The doer is sentenced to 30 years in prison?! How does that give the family of the victim anything to hope for? What if the man lives his 30 year sentence? He gets out of prison like nothing happened and the family gets no sort of justice in this situation. I find this justice system we have to be incredibly corrupt. I personally believe that our society would be better if we used something (or did) use the Code of Hammurabi, an eye for an eye, or in my example, a life for a life. With these sorts of rules everybody would receive justice, and how much do you want to bet that crime rates would drop?
Everyday millions of crimes are committed. Whether it be a petty theft or a brilliantly planned out robbery, the evil villain is hardly ever punished correctly. This leads the victim of the crime or maybe even a family member to seek for justice. But, have you ever noticed that if the victim gets the justice they were looking for, they’re often the ones who get taken to jail. It happens all the time… almost… EVERY time.
However, there are many, many different things that the Justice System can do to fix this. My personal favourite solution for the problem is to bring in the Code of Hammurabi. I bet people would stop carelessly doing bad things if it meant that those same exact bad things would happen to them. Is this impractical? Corrupt even? I don’t think so but, others might. So another solution would be to let people have their revenge. I personally wouldn’t want this to be the case because everyone would blow this law out of proportion and use it to settle stupid things. (I stole your cupcake does not equal I will shoot you. But this is exactly what will happen if this becomes a law.) Although, more people might actually agree on the second solution than the first, you now there’s always a third, terrible solution. (Third time’s the charm? Not when you’re trying to make a solution.) The Justice System could always just exterminate everyone. (Of course, save the most impractical one for last.) This means that anyone caught doing something bad is simply… terminated. People won’t do bad things if it means automatic certain death. (I’ll be completely honest and say that my brain kind of deflated when I thought up this solution.)
Honestly if we really had to pick one of these solutions to solve such an injustice to society, I personally think that using the Code of Hammurabi would be the best solution. (and I have for a VERY long time) It gives complete justice to the victim in every circumstance and won’t give you no more or no less. You lost something? Well guess what, they lose it too. I’ve thought about this second solution of revenge a few times but, like I’ve already stated, this solution would be abused. Now, if people would use this in the right way I bet it would be a very good solution. (I know revenge never leads to anything good but, what if it did?) Now, about the last solution… It’s probably NOT the best solution because everyone in the whole world would end up being “exterminated.” People who litter would be punished in a way far more superior to their crime, which does not equal an okay from me. (Most of the time people accidentally litter anyway. Like they just miss the trashcan as they walk passed it or something flew out of their car. It would suck to be punished brutally over something so minor.) I strongly think that the Code of Hammurabi is the best way to go with this injustice.
If the court system brought in the correct way to serve justice, then we wouldn’t have to do it ourselves. I personally believe that crimes would drop and the world would live happier. You take an eye for an eye, and we give back happiness for justice.