The Image and Reality of Justice

Scott Grimes, Eastern Kentucky University
Paval Vasiliev, Eastern Kentucky University

ABSTRACT
To understand justice, one cannot rely on faith in its "essence." Justice takes many forms and is individualized within a person. In particular, justice as possibility becomes an actuality. It is not a concrete object or a Reality. The best way to undersand justice is to explore the anomalous cases. By exploring and explaining crime myths we attempt to show that the criminal justice system is based on myth and faith. Justice is not based on the notion of "essence." The rationalist concept of justice as "just deserts" masks the impossibility of equal justice.

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