(Original post by londonmyst)
Justice must be calm and objective to ensure that the law is applied to everyone fairly.
The right to due process, a fair hearing and trial by jury if the offence is serious or the defendant requests it- form the foundations of justice as we know it in this country.
Juries do make the decision as to whether they believe that the defendant on trial is innocent or guilty.
But the decision on what sentence criminals get is made by the judge- not the jury.
I do think that prison sentences are unduly lenient- particularly for the most serious criminal offences and repeat offenders.
Sentences like- 4 months in jail for stabbing a police officer and his police dog with a 10 inch hunting knife in a public place.
This "softly softly" light touch approach to sentencing the perpetrators of horrific crimes undermines safety on the streets and public trust in the justice system.
On the other hand, the violent criminals who view attacks on the police as a badge of honour will be dancing with glee.
Some violent criminals have their own facebook and youtube videos showing them in their cells singing, celebrating and mocking their victims along with the law.
This year, London has seen over 80 murders- with 51 of these fatal stabbings.
It's easy to understand why the sister of a murdered woman remarked at the end of the trial that "Britain is too nice to evil men".
Her sister had been raped, tortured for hours and then burned alive by two convicted killers who had met in prison years earlier.
The killer's were career criminals whose past convictions included: murder, robbery, arson, burglary, illegal possession of firearms and knives.
They already had 1990's convictions for brutally murdering pensioners in their own homes.
The poor victim was a hard working 28 year old woman from Vietnam who had come to this country in search of a better life for her two children.