Deciding the right punishment for the crime is always a very delicate and fickle business, because the scales of justice tip the moment when the wrongdoer gets off too lightly or is too harshly punished.

So when he hears the new law would be “restitution, plus a fifth of its value added to it” as the punishment, he’s not quite sure how to take it – not only because it hasn’t had enough time to see the effects it would have, but also because it seems like a very random number being flung into place.

A fifth. Enough to make it hurt, but not too much. The question is, would it be enough of a deterrent for crime?

The only answer he can come up with is time, and regret – the kind that spurs people to change; to move forward, and not the kind to drag them down to a self-imposed grave.


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