Compassion, to me, implies a desire for knowledge, which is an act of intelligence. Reacting to criminality out of fear is not intelligent, nor useful, beyond a short-term, short-sighted fix. When society reacts to criminality out of hatred or revenge, it commits an act of collective criminality, in my view. At the very least, fear, hatred and revenge should not be allowed in our penal activities.
"There is more wisdom in the song of a bird, than in the speech of a philosopher...." -Oahspe
"The thing is, you cannot judge a race. Any man who judges by the group is a pea-wit. You take men one at a time." -Buster Kilrain, The Killer Angels -Michael Shaara
"Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles isn't a realist." -Billy Wilder