I am seeing more old murder cases dragged out of the cold case file, and dudes charged for murder for a killing 20>30 years ago. Now they even have a TV show based on this.
I am a bit concerned about whether or not this is right . Not legal mind you, I don’t care about the “statute of limitations” for this, that’s not my point.
Let us take a case, similar to one that happened out here. 20 years ago, there was apparently a murder in a fit of passion/anger. Both the suspect and the victim was under 20 at the time. From what I know the suspect has commited no crime since, certainly no violent crimes like this. So let’s take this as our “ferinstance”. A young man, say 19, kills a freind in a fit of anger. Somehow the crime is concealed, and the killer repents, and suffers guilt for 20 years. Then later, new scientific techiques of DNA evidence are introduced, and they now find enough evidence that the killer can be arrested.
This bring out the idea of what the purpose of imprisonment is. is it for punishment? Revenge? Rehabilitation? Making sure that the criminal does not repeat? I have always thought it should be the last two- rehabilitation, and keeping the criminal from more crimes. In our sample case- we have kept the criminal from repeating, and we have had rehabilitation. Why pursue him?