What would you consider to be the purpose of modern justice systems? I’m not asking what purpose current systems seem designed to fulfil, but rather what their purpose should be. I recon it’s an important question, and one that needs to be considered more fully. It’s important that we challenge the various systems we have in place to promote prosperity and wellbeing in today’s society, rather than simply striving to keep them functioning. If we don’t, and just assume that things are right the way they are, progress grounds to a halt. Actually, I think I can narrow the question down a wee bit; is the purpose of modern justice systems to prevent crime, or to punish it? Personally I think prevention is far more important, and that punishment is still much too dominant.