Quote: Originally Posted by Sal
I don't know about rehabilitation because the article does not present nor speculate upon their motive. It would seem to me that such an act involves a lack of conscience and the biggie...empathy. This would then involve psychopathic behaviour. I don't think it is possible to come back from that at this point anyway. When they are freed repetition of psychopathic behaviour would be likely.
Hence my reasoning why their future freedom should be heavily restricted if not removed entirely. There is no society on this earth that should have to put up with the likes of these two wandering around in it.
The problem with our justice system is our desire to focus on punishment over rehabilitation. If they are going to be released it would be in our best interest to ensure that rehabilitation is the biggest part of their time spent away. This woman that they mentally, emotionally, and physically scarred got a life long sentence. If we look at an eye for an eye, they got off lighter than she did. Their punishment will end, hers may not.
Eye for an eye, on one hand it has an element of fairness to it but basically, for me, it often also means that we, as a society, are lowering ourselves collectively to their levels in order to fulfill it. It's not about whether it's fair for them, not about whether they deserves something or not, but it's about what it says about us, where we have to go in order for this 'fairness' to happen. Bottom line it's the same reason I don't support the death penalty.
We don't do enough, in my opinion, to rehabilitate the individuals who could be rehabilitated. And they are out there. But in the case of these men, and others like them, given how unlikely it is that they could be rehabilitated, what is the point in trying? Really? Do we put the same kind of effort into their rehabilitation as we would into the rehabilitation of those who are likely to succeed? Particularly given that by doing so we spread it (money, time,etc resources) so thin as to not really do an adequate job with any of them.
Because honestly that's where I see that we are right now.