What are some solid points about the topic "When the law does not succeed in punishing criminals, citizens should do so"?

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The notion of punishing criminals is designed to achieve three outcomes. Firstly, to provide a negative consequence for one's action. Secondly, to deter others from also committing that same crime and lastly to provide protection to the community from the actions of the criminal.

From this comes the question of whether citizens can achieve these goals or will they simply seek revenge for the crime committed.

Of course, the determination of guilt is after consideration of all the facts (legislation, witness statements, expert opinion etc). This process needs to occur in an atmosphere of "innocence till proven guilty". The nature of human emotions and dynamics would...

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