Who’s being punished here?

Ian Huntley tries yet again to do away with himself but the powers that be rose to the occasion and brought him back to the land of the living. This is the third time the bloke has tried suicide – or is it the fourth? I have lost count. Frankly, I don’t care. He killed two innocent girls and is yet to pay for his sins. While we, the illustrious tax payers, are paying to keep him live and kicking – as well as footing the bill to keep his side-kick safe and sound in a hidden location.

This galls me.

Why are we striving so hard to keep such people in good health? Every day, we pay huge sums to keep murders, rapists and other assorted folks of similar ilk, fed, clothed and sheltered. Some of them get out in due course, only to wreck more havoc on us, while others, like Ian, try to take the easy way out. Either way, it is us who pay for their sins.

Who’s the punishment for then? Ones that harmed – or, us, the long-suffering public?

3 Comments so far

  1. mark (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

    The question is what is justice?

    Do we have a process that is observable and understood to be fair and proper (for the most part) and follow that in the punishment of people we deem to be criminals OR do we allow summary justice whereby prison guards, doctors, policemen or anyone who feels like it can dispense “justice” as they see fit? and what if You where on the wrong side of that?

    It is easy to say that in this case that he is clearly guilty but who is to say that he should die? You might see death as being a punishment but to me that seems like an easy way out – the guy did a great wrong and should in my eyes serve his sentence.

  2. Sean (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

    “Why are we striving so hard to keep such people in good health?”

    The same could be said about Pete Doherty who seems to be coated in inch thick teflon and nothing sticks to the guy. He is practically immune.

  3. Flora (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    Thanks, Mark, for your excellent comment.

    “Why are we striving so hard to keep such people in good health?”

    We do it not for the criminals, but for ourselves, and for the society that we aspire to create.

    If we leave criminals to suffer, starve, or die, it reflects far worse on us.

    Huntley is an extreme example, but where would you draw the line of which criminals qualify for medical care, food and housing?

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