Today when I read in article 2 verse 2 of Acts No. 31/1999 about the Abolition of corruption, I found that Indonesia acknowledges the death penalty of corruption crime. I took a time or a while to think and heard some opinion of David R. Dow and Bryan Stevenson. I also read other articles www.amnesty.org that death penalty isn’t the solution to stop the crime. Instead, it’s a symptom of cultural violence. I don’t know what I have to say about this, we had executed many people of the international drug trade and we did this, right? But I have to agree that if we can handle this issue more effective before it emerge, maybe it’s the good thing to do rather than taking others life that even do not guarantee if that crime won’t happen again in the future.
Criminal justice system has to handle this properly if it’s not then the death penalty is only for degrade and disrespect humanity. But you see since the proclamation until now we still don’t have our own criminal code. We still use criminal code that was concordance from Nederland. We only changed “Nederlandsch-Indie” with “Indonesische” for every criminal regulation.
Maybe I’m just blabbering about that but actually, today we are in need a reformation of criminal justice system (read here) that truly appropriate to handle corruption problems efficiently and not just likely. What else could I do to make this problem viral except by writing it and then share it with other people so they may think that this problem is really awry. For now, I still didn’t see another clue, I think I agreed with David R. Dow:
- Specialized bar for juveniles;
- Rethink punishment: “Think first, speak later” may become a good analogy of how we should punish someone, especially when we put someone to death, we have to revise our decision again and again.
- Earlier intervention: we have to stop the crime before it rooted more deeply.
Corruption problem may have been flesh and blood of government. And many think with scepticism that we can cut-off this problem. But I think every problem before it occurred, it has his own history. We have to penetrate and put the historical, sociological, and judicial issues together and not apart. We can break bad behaviour with knowing the trigger and it’s not impossible to break corruption if we now the trigger and stop it before it happens. Maybe we should precipitate psychologist expert and clergyman for corruption crime so we can know more specific what is the trigger instead of punishing them without any guarantee that people out there won’t do the same thing. In my opinion, we should do research more rather than punishment even if it’s valuable and good.
The problem is that not every death sentenced is conceived from the fair trial. Many cases even born from blindness because the judges fail to see the core problem instead they only read police investigation report, which often fails to see the problem too. Let’s say Mary Jane Veloso case. We should learn from this case and don’t ever repeat it again.