Why is the UK justice system so soppy and stacked against the victims of crime?Watch
I think it has something to do with the liberal(social and economic) orthodoxy so utterly convinced of it's own rightness. I am pretty much sick of innocent people suffering, other people doing vile and/or totally stupid things and getting away with this.
Read the case fully. She got 16 weeks. 16 WEEKS!
When people get robbed by threatening drug takers who tyrannise their neighbourhood, better make sure anyone who knocks them out and waits for the police is charged with attmpted murder, or GBH or some ****, and goes to jail for ages, whilst said violent drug offender, is 'understood' for being from a single parent home, or in the grip of addiction. No responsibility for perpetrators, and yet those who take responsibility to defend themselves punished every time.
Any real conservatism, as opposed to just the purported kind now which only believes in one remotely 'rightwing' thing, which is blocking any attempts to address wealth inequality, would not allow this crap under it's watch. But since there are no values left in politics, other than serving the rich, and otherwise being a cultural liberal, this is allowed.
The problem is the punishments, not the justice system. This has been happening with ever increase government manipulation in the Courts and sentencing guidelines. Which cause the prisons to be full and lighter sentences handed down for less glamour crimes.
Equally there's the question of recidivism. If someone's got a job, they go to jail and lose it. Then they're likely to come out, be offered minimal support (again, a funding issue) and if anything be worse than before.
You basically have two choices with criminals: imprison them or rehabilitate them. Effective rehabilitation is even more expensive than imprisonment, so what are you going to end up doing?