The problem is that we always think of how things could be better after a different system, no matter how miniscule a flaw in that system may be which is already in place. Forethought we have but never foresight. You already admit that perhaps in other countries a retributivist system is in place. There are some countries where that kind of “justice” is taken to horrifying heights. “Amerikkka” is the lesser of a multitude of evils when it comes to jurisprudence. I don’t remember the last time a court sentence a woman to be stoned to death because she “tempted” a man to rape her.
How about Texas murdering the 'retarded'? Isn't that disgusting enough for you? How about the executed being posthumously vindicated by new evidence? DNA? Too common... A murder/killing/execution just isn't something that you can 'take back with an apology when you find that you were mistaken!
You are making excuses for a corruption by saying that there are others, perhaps, more corrupt. There are quite a handful of other countries that are less so, also, with higher standards of living, where their prison industry is not a major industry dependent on an ever growing population of inmates, with anywhere near as many of the population in prison (per capita).
You go and make your excuses, yah, Amerikka, love it or CHANGE it!
But sometimes “healing” is painful as compared to “retribution.”
Depends whether you're getting raped and shanked in prison or buying some lettuce at the market... Yes, 'healing' is often painful. So?
And 'retribution' is supposed to be painful, no?
America is more utilitarian than retributivist.
Thats apples and oranges. Thats like saying that Amerikkka is more female than egocentric. Makes no sense.
If you find retribution to be 'utilitarian', I'd say that you were not thinking clearly, and are probably part of the 'problem' rather than the solution. We are built all over the (JudeoXtian) notion of 'judgement and punishment'. How medieval! Where does compassion figure into your scenario? Do you pick and choose who is worthy of your 'comapassion'? If anyone?
But also, don’t mistake justice for the law. They are two completely different things.
They are inextricably intertwined. Judgement and punishment. The law defines that against which we are judged and provides the 'appropriate' retribution. That is what is known as the criminal JUSTICE industry. You make a poorly behaved individual into a 'criminal', a 'them', so we can distance ourselves mentally and emotionally, and proceed to punish/torture/kill them. Like in war.
Denial ain't just a river...!