The way the legal system
operates against those who infract upon their legal codes of conduct. If you break the law
once, you get a normal to lenient sentencing, the second time you of course get a little tougher a sentence, however the way this works is that if you are caught breaking the law a third time. you go to jail for life. This is supposed to be a decentive to breaking the law, however what it manages to do is catch those in susceptable social conditions
and condemn their lives without any consideration to the conditions that created their need to break the laws in the first place.
It has been said some people have gone to jail
forever just because they stole a snickers bar
. It just happening to be the 3rd one they've stolen in their lifetime with the bad habit of kleptomania
This creates not a civilized society, but one in a severe military state
that enslaves those less fortunate. I suppose this is better than Sun Tzu
's suggestion of killing any who disobey the King.