Why is Justice Important? Let s talk about why Justice is important. Children inherently understand this concept but the explanation below helps turn this abstract concept into a concrete one. Any society Б whether the family, the community, a nation, or the world Б benefits from having justice as a prevailing virtue. Such a society is dedicated to the notion that all of its members should benefit, and no one person or group should have a greater benefit or rights than another. Conversely, no person or group should be denied similar benefits to those that another group enjoys. Justice means punishing actions or words that are wrong and upholding things that are good. This helps ensure that wrongs will be ended and rights will be upheld thereby leading to a safer society for everyone. It would seem sometimes that children have a keen internal sense of justice. БThatБs not fair! Б is a common cry from children who feel that they have somehow been cheated out of something they want or believe they deserve, or when children are punished for something they feel did not deserve punishment. Often, this really means that a child didnБt get his way, and he verbalizes his protest by saying that something is Бnot fair. Б
Achieving justice is more complicated and difficult than it might seem at the outset. The human beingБs innate sense of what is or is not fair seems to continue into adulthood.
Like their children, adults often either donБt get what they want or are punished for something they donБt feel they deserve. For example, if a person wants something in a limited quantity, he may feel it is БunfairБ or unjust if he misses a deadline or cut-off by just a little. Similarly, he wonБt think itБs fair to get a speeding ticket if Бeveryone was going faster than I wasБ Б even if he was, in fact, speeding also. On a larger scale, justice in society is often reflected poorly in the way people treat others of a different race, linguistic background, national origin, or religion. The fear of such differences seems to cause many minor and major problems, and justice is not served when minority groups are disproportionately punished for crimes for which majority groups are not similarly punished. Having and valuing a diverse society is dependent on justice to ensure that all citizens are treated fairly and impartially. Most of us recognize the importance that laws play in our society. As members of a community, country or society, we have a sort of Бsocial contractБ with the people around us to create laws which create a safe environment for everyone and make us feel secure walking the streets and dealing fairly with one another. However, though we abide by these laws and rules each day, we are not the ones responsible for their enforcement, whether we choose to break or follow the law is up to each person and enforcement falls into the hands of the criminal justice system.
Without the law enforcement branch of the criminal justice system, each person would need to enforce the laws around them. This, of course, brings up many problems such as differing interpretations of laws, personal bias, making emotional decisions and the physically weak being vulnerable to the strong. This has been part of the evolution of society as people band together for safety from bandits and the other benefits of civilization a system was needed to police each person to make sure the town ran fairly. Without law enforcement we have an Бeveryone for themselvesБ situation whereas law enforcement organizations like the police provide an organized and well trained force with the goal of protecting everyone equally under the law. Without a court system to deal with those suspected of crimes we have problems as well. A fair and honest court system is designed to take a look at all the evidence in a calm and rational manner and give an unbiased opinion. You may have heard the term, Бjudge, jury and executionerБ, which describes someone given extreme power to determine guilt or innocence and to deliver punishment. While it is important to hand down punishments to people who choose to break the law, it is important that we first find out the facts to determine if they are indeed guilty.
This is why the criminal court system operates under a Бinnocent until proven guiltyБ mindset. Without a fair and uncorrupt court system, guilt and punishments would likely be determined by one person with overwhelming power or a mob mentality based on whatever most people feel is the right choice. Without a corrections system to remove offenders from the rest of society and attempt to help rehabilitate them or determine what led to them breaking the law we would have fewer, and more extreme options for dealing with people. Though the it has mostly been abolished, though in the past this was a much more common form of punishment for crimes. Punishments have also included public torture or embarrassment, whipping or imprisonment with no oversight in extremely poor conditions. The modern corrections system works to provide a system where those accused of crimes are monitored, punished and provided with help to not re offend with the goal of creating a more productive and less dangerous society. While these systems are not perfect they allow us to enjoy the society we live in today where people feel safe and comfortable going about their everyday activities without expecting crime at every turn. It takes a as well as a society of people willing to make and follow the laws to create and improve our modern world.