- Love and Liberty
Crime And Justice
Having worked in the prison system I was exposed to the details of many crimes. I wish I could delete those details from my mind. I also saw plenty of evil within the prison walls. Nobody in his right mind would ever consider a prison a good thing. A warden told us that one of the talking points given to them by agency “leadership” is that in running State prisons, we were doing “God’s work.” I could not disagree more. I believe it is legitimate to hold wrong-doers accountable, but I do not believe that running a prison is God’s work. I do not believe that the prison system is good or Godly, regardless of what the talking heads have to say. I favor restitution, and corporal and capital punishment for crime, carried out by victims or family members of victims. Some no doubt would call this “barbaric”, but all three are more humane than creating a concentration of evil within the walls of a prison (that negatively impacts the staff and the inmates), and all three are better than having the State stealing our money to fund the prison system. Just as war is a racket, so the prison system is a racket. It’s all about State control. In fact, the criminal justice system as a whole is a racket. I’ve said before, it’s not that the State never gets it right. Enforcing the death penalty can be right. I say can be, because I am not against the death penalty as a social function, however I am against the State having the power to carry out the death penalty. Why the distinction? The State is not concerned with justice, but again, with control - that is, the monopolization of the “criminal justice system.” Following the system has led the State to enact the death penalty wrongly at times. Some make the argument that murderers must pay for their crimes, and executing a few innocent people wrongly is the price we have to pay for criminal justice. That is beyond unacceptable. As much as it might gall us that a murderer may be let off the hook, it is much worse for an innocent person to be executed than it is for a murderer to avoid execution (he will not avoid judgment day). That’s assuming that people cannot come together as a community to make the right decision about a person’s punishment. I say they can, and many times they may choose to err on the side of caution and excommunicate someone rather than kill him. That is not a terrible thing. The Lord himself did not put Cain to death when he killed his brother. But, someone says, community members may get emotional and execute someone wrongly. It is possible. But that is no different than what the State has done and so it is a moot point. But I daresay the community of like-minded people will not be concerned with control, and how they look to the “public”, and trying to appease voters, such as those who are a part of the State system do. It was not a death penalty case, but I know personally of a situation where a District Attorney made the comment that if he did not secure a prison sentence for a drug user it would be “political suicide” for him. What garbage. That is not justice. That is self-ambition. That is why we hear about prosecutorial misconduct, law enforcement corruption, judicial kickbacks, and the like. Self-ambition and self-gain. And who can citizens then appeal to when these things happen? To more State agents whose job is to protect the State.
I agree with those who say we should abolish the prison systems, but they don’t go far enough. The prisons exist because the State exists. We should abolish the State, then we can deal with matters of crime in a more efficient and effective way, as it was done in the old American West. Yes, people can make mistakes, but whoever takes the life of an innocent person is guilty of murder. Who do you think is more concerned about that? Families and communities that have entered into voluntary arrangements for their mutual benefit? Or Statists who think they can get away with murder because they do it under the cloak of Government authority?