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Is Vigilantism Ever Permissible?
It is morally wrong to decide punishment without the judicial system.
All punishment and policing of crimes must be subject to oversight, so that it can be certain that justice is actually being served.
Vigilantism is against the law of most developed countries.
Individuals and groups may not always have the information necessary to conclusively establish someone's guilt.
What a vigilante group considers reasonable grounds for the death penalty may be a considerably laxer definition than what the justice system believes.
Vigilantes are unlikely to give their victims the chance to speak in their defense, enabling the possibility for horrible miscarriages of justice to take place.
Vigilantism does not have to act
outside the law
Some judicial systems endorse capital punishment which many consider
. There are no guarantees a judicial system means that all decisions are morally right.
Taking action could be considered to be more moral than the alternative of letting people get away with terrible crimes.
When the state and its organs prove incapable of providing justice to the people, it is necessary for some other group to step up and provide said justice.