Criminal law reflects this attitude towards offenders by imposing more lenient
sentences on remorseful offenders. Correction system tends to be more punitive
towards who fail to express remorse.
But how is someone innocent supposed to show remorse? As a result, they are treated
more harshly, perceived in negative terms simply
Importance of remorse: first, it reveals the importance that both the courts and the
media place on expressions of remorse or their absence. People who show remorse
viewed as deserving of compassion and more lenient punishment. Second, because
expressions of remorse are linked to mitigation. Dilemma: if someone is saying sorry just
for the sake of it just to get a lenient punishment. Ex- mr. wight said sorry after the trial
to make an impact hard enough so that no one thinks hes saying sorry to make his
punishment any less.
People who have been wrongly convicted often assert their innocence and, not
surprisingly, refuse to express remorse for crimes they did not commit. This chapter
explores the consequences of failing to express remorse.