Injustices might not be evil; bad laws might not
be evil laws.
|Evil exists within our legal system. But evil laws, policies,
and decisions are not the same as injustices. Whenever an innocent person
is convicted of a crime, there is an injustice. Wrongful convictions
are not always the result of evil, however. Wrongful convictions
sometimes occur without anyone doing anything wrong (e.g., as a result
of a victim's mistaken identification). Neither is a bad law or policy
necessarily evil. Bad laws result from a miscalculation of costs
and benefits (given the complexity of the world, such miscalculations are
common). Prohibition might have been a bad policy, but it was not an evil
Evil is something different.