|Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 47):|
It does not seem to me that Breivik is someone who can be rehabilitated, unfortunately. I don't think the Norwegian justice system is designed to deal with such people...
I think you are very right.
To me it seems like the law makers in "our" part of the world look upon imprisoning of criminals only in a "single dimensional way". To me it has (at least) three dimensions:
1. To educate criminals to become non-criminal.
2. To protect society from criminality.
3. To "scare" potential criminals from passing the line to criminality.
It seems to me that politicians only talk about dimension number 1.
According to number 2 it is a crime against the Norwegian society if Breivik can get a time limited sentence. In this context I wouldn't exclude him being released on an amnesty after a few decades in case he changes to an entirely different person and proves rock stable over at least a decade in prison.
But taking number 3 into account? No, people who might plan similar things, they should know in advance that their exit from prison is the graveyard only.
We need more intelligent politicians who are able to look at our justice systems in a multi-dimensional way. What they call "humanity" in our justice systems is sometimes "crime" against ordinary people. And to what purpose? If we imagine that Breivik is released in some twenty years time, there is no way he can live a life. Nobody will want to walk on the same side of the streets as him. Nobody will talk to him. How many days (hours or minutes) will you give him before he gets killed? Police will in any case have to protect him until his dust is spread on the sea.
[Edited 2012-04-17 19:54:24]