Tag: compensation

Restitution or Jail?

Is restitution to victims better for society than jail sentences for criminals?

One could say that restitution is better for society. It accommodates the victim, who normally does not get compensated in the least because the money goes to the government. It allows the “bad guy” to work off his debt and bad name in a protected workplace. But does it really work better than our modern jail system?

Craig Badguy robs Bob Goodguy. Police catch Badguy and put him in a camp where he can work to pay off Goodguy. Badguy, although counseled, secretly plots revenge and robs another man soon after he serves his time in the prison camp. Prison camp wasn’t so bad! A minor flaw in restitution, that.

Joe Badguy robs Dean Goodguy. Police catch Badguy and throw him in jail to fulfill his years-long sentence. He sweats it out in jail……HOW MUCH LONGER, LORD???? He gets out and decides to reform a little. Jail definitely wasn’t worth it. Of course, there are criminals who don’t reform. Those usually get life sentences. But……what about the victim? He doesn’t get paid! (more…)

What Were The Main Points Guiding The Diplomats at The Congress of Vienna?

The major principles guiding the diplomats at the Congress of Vienna were stability and peace. They didn’t want another French Revolution. They wanted peace and equality, even if it meant that some smaller countries would be unhappy. For example, Belgium was forced to join with the Netherlands to make one country, even when Belgium didn’t want to.

There were three more main points that made it into document form, not just ideas. These were legitimacy, equality of power and compensation. Legitimacy meant that the royal family, such as the Bourbons in France, was and was only legitimate for France. No other person or family could rule. He would not be recognized.

Equality of power meant that all countries had to have relatively the same amount of power. No country could amass enough power to create another French Revolution.

Compensation meant that if some territory was taken, then the country would be compensated with some other territory.

These were the main principles in the Congress of Vienna.