I don't really get the exercise though. What does it mean by "community justice"? Also it would be a bad bad world where the prosecution gets to decide what happens to the crims :/
It's just a thought experiment, really. It gets us to consider justice from three separate angles - the angle of an elected official (a district attorney) trying to please the people who voted him in (hence "community justice" ), the angle of limited budget/jail spaces and the angle of justice to the law of the letter. Doesn't have any explicit real world bearing other than getting people to look at the criminal justice process from different perspectives.
For example, at the moment on the survey, it seems people generally consider a convicted rapist to be a worse influence on a community than a second-degree murderer, should they be let out into the care of the community. Yet, the sentencing for the latter is generally harsher and is considered, in the eyes of the law, a "worse" crime.
Edited by meme at 21:01:01 29-10-2012