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Why don't societies leave justice in the hands of crime victims (or their relatives and friends)?

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Because anyone who works at a prison or correctional facility would be out of a job

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Even before the formal justice system was established, people would still do public hearings or at least someone to mediate for the crimes. Leaving the perpetrator in the hands of the victim's relatives and friends would almost always end bad for the perpetrator. In simple words, there won't be any justice.

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Crime needs to be looked at from a societal level. Of course the actual crime is the most important, but other factors that have relevance, such as overall risk/benefit/loss to society. Leaving 'justice' in the hands of the victims unfortunately wouldn't be looking at the big picture, the punishment would be purely down to vengeance (or the lack thereof in the case of those who forgive absolutely).

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Because everyone would become a victim and things would be out of control.

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