Posted: January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

What is justice? Today, a man is being sentenced for taking two lives while he was driving under the influence of alcohol. As the family awaits the sentence I can’t help but wonder, what does justice look like in this situation?

There is nothing anyone can say or do to bring their children back. There is no sentence that will let them hug them again or hold their hand or see their future. That was all taken away by one person’s decision. So whatever the outcome of the sentencing, there is no real justice. But, what there is, is a sentence that shows the severity of the crime. That shows others that drinking and driving is dangerous and that there are consequences for making the choice that in this case took two lives.

In the end, anyone whose life has been impacted by an alcohol related crash knows, there is no real justice. Nothing the legal system does could ever be enough, they can’t bring back the life that you had before the crash. They can make sure consequences are there and the punishment fits the crime, but as much as we would like it to, it doesn’t make things better. But, hopefully those consquences will help others in the future, showing them that making the choice to drink and drive, could change so many lives, including your own.


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