"Justice for victims, their families and society is changing our system so that those of us who commit crimes are reformed and reintegrated back into society as safe members."This is the first sentence in a letter by Andres Chang published in the Taipei Times today.
As much as I am disgusted by the sentiment of forgiveness for unforgivable crimes, I am equally baffled as to how anyone can arrive at a belief like that regarding the monster who hacked that little girl's head off.
For crimes that are beyond our understanding, I don't see how "reform and reintegration" for the perpetrator is even possible to begin with. There is some evidence that psychopathy is related to abnormal neurological development or trauma in the brain. Yet there is no branch of neuroscience or clinical psychology that can plausibly lay claim to be able to "rewire" an abnormal or damaged human brain so as to transform a monster into a normal human being. Perhaps the most that can be done short of killing them is to permanently load them up on incapacitating drugs.
Andres Chang and others like him are putting blind faith before reason. Behind the eyes of human monsters there is a vast and possibly intractable knowledge problem which the likes of Chang fail to even acknowledge. Perhaps one day neuroscience may be sufficiently advanced that it becomes possible to develop experimental treatments, but that day is probably a long way off. Alternatively it may never arrive. Unless and until that day comes then "reform and reintegration" of monsters will remain an irresponsible stupidity.