What is justice? This may seem like a simple question to answer but for many in today’s society it is not. Individuals throughout society have their own distinctive explanation of justice. It is a word in which, to every person, has a different meaning. Although "Justice" has a vast list of meanings, it can somewhat be defined. Loosely, it can be defined as “the principal of fairness and the ideal of moral equity.“ (Schmalleger 6.0, pg 706) Justice is at the center of every debate, involving our criminal justice system, because of its vast majority of definitions.
Although the definitions are vast and complicated, what justice means to me is being punished for a crime that was committed. Seeing that the offender pays for what they have done. This so called punishment usually entails some type of prison sentence or maybe even the death penalty. For many people justice has the same meaning. But is it justice if a person kills another because that person previously hurt his or her child, or what about someone else who killed someone accidentally or in self-defense? Is justice taking “an eye for an eye?” How exactly should the punishment fit the crime? These are questions that make society question which form of justice to agree with. Although I believe that punishment should fit the crime, I do not agree with it to the extent of “an eye for an eye.” This scenario is not justice to me because two wrongs do not make a right. I believe a person should be punished to the fullest extent for a crime, but there are certain ways to go about accomplishing this.
As a professional in the criminal justice system I will strive to see that every person is punished for the crime that they have committed, to the extent that they deserve to be. This is how our laws work now, for the most part. Justice is usually set up and carried out by our police, courts, and other law making officials in our society. Although this sy