Now... well... where do I start.
People are, of course, 'outraged', but then I don't think they really know why, they just want blood for blood.
I'm confuzzled, because there goes my last reason for believing that the justice system might actually have some philosophical merit.
I don't believe punishing these 2 individuals will help them. I think that's pretty agreeable.
What punishment has traditionally provided is a 'warning' to others that they should follow the law. Hence crucifixes, and those cage things with the rotting bones etc. - This creates a culture where we live in a community because we don't want punishment, rather than because we value what the community values. I think it's safe to say that western culture doesn't really go with that method much any more. (... but that's SO going to be another post later)
The possibly more humane use of prisons is to take people who didn't work with society out of the society. That one kinda makes sense to me, although I'd attempt to find a nice place to put them, so long as they can't plot against me. It does tend to create an 'us and them' sort of thing which is apparently a bad thing.
Then there's the really modern thing of 'correction centre' instead of prison, we take the social misfits then 'correct' them till they fit back in. The duration they spend being 'corrected' is proportional to the effect of the crime they committed to notify us that they needed correcting.
All jadedness aside, I thought that last one was on to something. But then... wouldn't that be the perfect place for an IQ60 ADHD arson who didn't know 'right from wrong' aka 'society's values'?