‘Too much attention is given to criminals, not enough to their victims.’ Is this true?

YES: Societal developments today have mistakenly privileged the well-being of criminals over their victims, leading to injustice.

  1. In some liberal countries, legislative systems provide excessive chances for convicted criminals to appeal against their sentences, inevitably lengthening the time lapse between crimes and justice, thereby preventing victim closure.

  2. The opinions of academics and other experts in some countries may predispose the courts or public to excuse criminal behavior by attributing it to social and background factors outside the criminal’s control, conveniently ignoring that we should all be responsible for our individual choices and actions.  

  3. The mass media may choose to overly focus upon or glamorize criminals and marginalize victims in news reports or film adaptations, negatively influencing society to excuse criminals and forget victims.  

NO: Societal developments today balance the well-being of criminals with that of victims, thereby promoting justice.

  1. The recognition for due justice and appropriate victim closure has propelled legislative systems in many countries to expedite trial and sentencing procedures, thereby preventing abuse and opportunistic appeals by convicted criminals.

  2. In the age of social media, the opinions of masses and the public are increasingly focused on the hardships and trauma faced by victims of crime, influencing judges and courts to find their decisions more efficiently and in favor of victims.

  3. The mass media reports responsibly on the harms and injustice that criminals cause to their victims, thereby providing a valuable public service by informing and educating the public on the true details and consequences of crime.