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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Crime and Punishment Reply with quote

Justice tends to be a lot tougher in the 2020s. For several years the country was under martial law, with same-day sentencing (and in many cases, execution.) Since then the justice system has returned to civilian hands, but its still tends to be far swifter and more one-sided than previously. Sure, some corporate who can lay out big bucks for a lawyer might get his day in court (or even a jury!), but the average joe blow gets essentially treated as guilty until proven otherwise.

Cops tend to be overworked and underfunded, but when they actually care about a case - ie when somebody important complains or the press are on their backs - they are capable of pulling in tremendous resources. High tech forensic scanners can match the smallest DNA samples from a crime in minutes. Police AIs and Netrunners can pull feeds from every public camera system in their city, compiling a map of activities around the crime scene. Cops can put the heat under gangs, pay off informants and generally make life hell for the street community until the perpetrator (or a good enough fit to take the rap) is brought out. Chances are if the cops really want you, they'll find you in 24 hours or less - you have been warned.

Prisons are incredibly over-crowded and violent, generally run by corporations on behalf of city governments. The closest thing to "rehabilitation" you are likely to find is enforced braindance. Almost every state has the death penalty and a "Death Row", and executions are sometimes televised.
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