The home office have opened a consultation on “Community Remedies” for low-level crimes.
The new Sheriffs (aka PCCs) will be expected to consult with interested parties to create a “menu of remedies” that they will agree with the Chief Constable. Police Officers will then invite “victims” to select a punishment from the “Community Remedies Menu”. The “perp” – as I guess we will soon be calling as we get more Americanized – can then accept the sanction or face the “Criminal Justice System”.
This is backdoor vigilantism.
A criminal’s punishment will thus depend on:
- The PCC area he lives in and who in that area is consulted. (Will the consultation reveal huge demands for “The Stocks” or Sharia Law?)
- The vindictiveness of the victim (If they just want everything to “go away”, the criminal may get off relatively scot-free, but if the victim is as nasty as the criminal, we could see vindictive punishments that might create a feud)
It should depend on:
- The crime – including whether the particular crime is becoming a problem in a specific area justifying a deterrent element in any remedy
- The criminal – are they evil or possibly mentally ill?
That should be assessed by professionals who have a wide view and are not emotionally involved. Always assuming that we remain a society that wants to see a less criminal society rather than a society that is merely vindictive.
(Whoever dreamt this up – what were they on? – should be put in the stocks and pelted with rotten eggs)