revenge | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

Revenge in the criminal justice context refers to the act of seeking personal retribution or retaliation against an offender for a perceived wrong or harm, which is distinct from seeking justice for the offense through lawful means.

Revenge is a natural human impulse that seeks to address perceived wrongs or injustices by retaliating against the perpetrator. In the context of criminal justice, revenge is distinct from seeking justice through lawful means. Seeking revenge involves taking matters into one’s own hands rather than relying on the legal system to provide a fair and just resolution.

While revenge may provide a sense of satisfaction or closure to the victim, it often perpetuates a cycle of violence and may lead to further harm. Additionally, it undermines the principles of fairness and impartiality that are fundamental to a just legal system.

Criminal justice systems are designed to prevent and punish criminal behavior while protecting the rights of both victims and offenders. In seeking justice through lawful means, victims are able to hold offenders accountable for their actions and provide a sense of closure and justice.

It is important to recognize the emotional impact of crime on victims and their families and to provide appropriate support and resources to help them cope with the aftermath of the offense. However, revenge should not be encouraged or condoned, as it undermines the principles of fairness and impartiality that are essential to a just legal system.

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Last Modified: 03/14/2023


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