Originally Posted by Kuraitenshi
The justice system isn't aimed at personal responsibility. I was intoxicated and not responsible for my actions, seems to always be a good excuse to get a number of years knoked off a sentence.
You are entirely correct that the criminal justice system is not aimed at personal responsibility. It is based on the three factors of deterrance (general and specific), protection of the public and rehablititation (to be fair those are really the guidelines for sentencing but I think that is what you are talking about).
It is the civil justice system that concerns itself with concepts like responsiblity.