Lacking justice

The courts have too often been unable to convince citizens that justice can be done on sexual and hate crimes charges.

The spirit of condemnation in Quebec is marked by reluctance to punish. Rehabilitation, a sacred word, remains the theoretical goal of our punitive system. Yet convicts often become repeat offenders.

It amazes me how explicit this country is in supporting white people who murder people of color or rape. On paper, we may not have a law that grants white people a license to kill or rape, but considering how often they people either get away with it or get a simple slap on the wrist, they might as well at this point.

If so many courageous women denounce their aggressors, must not justice be at the height of their hopes? Isn’t it sarcastic that we refer to the statue in the picture above as “Lady Justice”?


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