In the pursuit of justice, due process and fairness ought to be valued
My name is Lise Lasalle and I live in beautiful British Columbia.
As an experienced Court and Legislative Interpreter, I have learned the importance of remaining impartial and detached when working on a project. The same principle applies when you attempt to analyze a case and have to fight any type of bias or emotions towards the people involved. It is not an easy task, but it is imperative to try in the name of due process and real justice, especially knowing that the media is tainting information in order to get ratings and financial success.
The Court of public opinion can make it very difficult to get fair proceedings or to work on the rehabilitation of people found guilty. Crime has become a replacement for soap opera and at times, the public engagement can be a double-edged sword.
A court case is supposed to be about evidence and a search for the truth. But we all know that facts are often interpreted according to the results the prosecution or the defence wish to obtain. The emotional aspect of a case should be reserved for the human treatment of inmates and their rehabilitation. Restorative Justice should be at the forefront of any judiciary and penal systems.
Cases exist of dangerous offenders representing a permanent threat to society and who will never be rehabilitated. But it remains important to preserve the integrity of their incarceration.
Punishment often becomes a disguise for revenge. During my activities as a prison volunteer, I realized that many inmates can be rehabilitated if given the chance and that the real criminals are not always on the right side of the bars.
When she system and the media combine their efforts to entrap someone, it takes gigantic efforts to repair or remedy a wrongful conviction. I am totally against the death penalty and any type of prolonged solitary confinement except in cases of extremely dangerous offenders.
Restorative Justice demands that both parties work towards reconciliation and healing. It is a better process that allows victims and perpetrators to humanize a situation they otherwise perceive as blank and very painful.
If this site can contribute to the enlightenment of a few of its visitors, it will mean that it was not in vain.
Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal – Elizabeth Fry