Too many people are way too focused on being so "tough on crime" and "tough on criminals" that they really do not care if any innocent people get their lives ruined in the process.
There is a very real problem in my country these days when a prosecutor, a cop, or a federal agent wants to make a name for himself, so he rushes to lock somebody up for a crime even if the evidence supporting that claim is not substantial.
The end result? There is a substantial number of people serving time in prison for crimes they did not commit. Even more frustrating are the cases when the prosecuting party knows that person is innocent, but swears up and down in the courtroom to the contrary just so they can get their conviction and their paycheck.
I wish this post was a paranoid conspiracy theory rant, and that this was not a real problem.
Wait, it gets better. In the rare cases when an innocent person gets his conviction overturned, he has access to none of the services that actual felons get once they get released from prison, yet they still carry all of the stigma around with them for the rest of their lives anyway.
My solution to this? Demand honesty in the legal process, and hold the liars accountable for their actions. Prosecutors and lying law enforcement agents openly lie in the courtrooms all of the time, yet very rarely do they ever face perjury charges. I say we start locking some of those people up.
Yeah, this is something that I feel very strongly about.