unctional criminal justice system?
“...because...the system is one of totally in [the] fulcrum of the criminal...the justice system per se is totally, totally corrupt...” then Northern Territory Chief Minister Denis Burke.1
Crime is not something that just happens and that there is nothing one can do about it. Crime statistics differ depending on the country and even vary per generation within the same country. There must obviously be cause and effect with regards to legislation relating to the rights of police in investigating crime and the rights of the prosecution and the defence in the criminal prosecution process. Democracy and the rule of law must also be a very integral factor. Everyone should be equal before the law and the law should be absolutely nothing else than what the people request. For example in the criminal trial sentencing process, punishments should reflect the beliefs and values of the Australian people in general rather than any elitist minority segment of the population who may think they know better.
1. Mark Colvin (host), ‘PM’, ABC Radio National, 22nd February 2000. In this instance the Chief Minister was using the term “corrupt” in the context of being dysfunctional (as in a computer program) rather than being venal.