This sentiment fits perfectly with a (non-criminal) court reform project I’m working on right now:
We do have the ability to make better — and hence safer — societies. The solution isn’t necessarily to get tough on crime — the solution is to get kind on people. We have to build a society that establishes and supports respect for life, respect for others, respect for communities, and respect for the environment at every single turn.
(More on the story at Metafilter)