As it stands right now, there is no justice. As it stands right now our system is not accomplishing the things it was designed to do. How can we tell? By looking at the health of our communities and the health of the individuals who have been a part of the justice process.
While I get much flack over this, I believe that our current process fails victims and actually brings more harm to them and pro longs the process of healing. This nation has an undercurrent of anger, bitterness and hatred. While many of you will not agree, I ask you to take some time over the next week or so and listen to the conversations of your friends, co-workers and community. You will be hard pressed to find a conversation that does not include sharing the latest situation where some system, organization or individual has wronged them. While this is quite normal and healthy, the statements that follow concerning how "this always happens" or "just when things were getting better this or that happens" is followed by how the perpetrator, whether corporation, government system or individual needs to" pay for what they have done". We live in a state of blame, disappointment and eventually anger and hatred. We are always ready to file a law suit, demand satisfaction and compensation and declare that nothing is an accident anymore. That company, agency or individual inconvenienced our lives and we demand satisfaction!
I have stated in other articles, how the DA's use the emotion of those suffering to further their own cause. They use victims rights groups to sway the outcome of cases and they use victims rights groups to sway legislators. How dare they. Victim's have been through enough and they need to be surrounded, protected and given the tools they need to heal.
However, that healing comes as a choice. The changes in justice practices have to be a choice. I have seen far to many cases of people who have experienced trauma and tragedy who eventually become physically ill. The dis - ease in their hearts becomes disease in their bodies.
There are those who CHOOSE a different path. Not because they are exceptional, not because it was a kinder circumstance but because it is the right thing to do. Gary Ridgway is a convicted serial killer. He took too many lives and damaged so many families. You will see that he is not affected by the hatred directed toward him....of course not....he expects that and has probably lived with hatred most of his life. The only thing that affects him....is unsolicited, unexpected....forgiveness. Forgiveness For Mr. Ridgeway