UNIT 8/Law and Justice

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Why are laws needed

  • protect weak from strong
  • so people know how to behave
  • to ensure people are treated fairly

Why are law and justice linked

  • people might break unfair laws (prohibition)
  • bad laws cause violence
  • unjust laws might divide society

Retribution

  • criminal suffers
  • criminal is punished

BUT

  • creates resentment and bitterness
  • 2 wrongs don't make a right

Deterrence

  • puts people off (deters)

BUT

  • deterrence doesn't always work
  • cold blooded murderers don't think

Reform

  • education may prevent reoffending
  • education can overcome poor upbringing

BUT

  • can be quite expensive
  • reoffedning rates are still high

Protection

  • society protected from dangerous criminals

BUT

  • long prison sentences are expensive

Why do christians value justice

  • bible says reward the good
  • they believe in helping the poor
  • jesus gave to…

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