'''Basic Trope''': A governing body treats all crimes the same, with equal punishments.
* '''Straight''': Whenever anyone commits a crime against his society, President Justice always treats them the same.
** Whether the crime is stealing a penny from the take-a-penny, leave-a-penny tray or dropping a nuke on a heavily populated area, the punishment is the death penalty.
** President Justice punishes citizens for any crime by [[LongerThanLifeSentence sentencing them for 100 years in prison.]]
* '''Downplayed''': Only very severe offenses are considered crimes in the first place (as opposed to perfectly legal personal conflicts). Thus, while harsh, it isn’t utterly insane.
** President Justice is a KnightTemplar who believes the best way to get rid of crime is to impose [[DisproportionateRetribution harsh penalties for even the smallest crimes.]]
** Only one kind of crime ever takes place in the city, thus only one punishment is needed.
* '''Inverted''': The President has a ridiculously tiered system of crimes, with varying punishments down to the amount of minutes spent in prison depending on the crime. For example: “You stole seventy-five thousand dollars worth of goods from a jewellery store? Twelve years, six months, fifteen days, eighteen hours, and twenty-nine minutes in prison. Oh, wait, you broke the shopkeeper’s nose? … I’m adding six hours and thirty minutes to your sentence.”
* '''Subverted''': One crime is treated as much worse than another.
* '''Double Subverted''': That’s because they were wildly varying types of crime (like comparing jaywalking to mass murder). Most crimes ''are'' treated as equal.
* '''Parodied''': All crimes are equal and merit the same punishment … except for one minor crime like staying out too late, [[JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife which is treated as much, much more heinous than the rest.]]
* '''Zig Zagged''': The crime system generally prosecutes all crimes equally, but fairly. Many vigilantes offer substantial bribes to judges to add longer and more drastic sentencing to crimes, however. Corrupt judges also add weight to certain crimes over others, but generally justice is equally served.
* '''Averted''': The crimes are treated differently.
* '''Enforced''': “We can best demonstrate [[InherentInTheSystem the system’s inherent evil]] by making them kill everyone, regardless of the crime.”
* '''Lampshaded''': "Well, let’s see here: you’re not wearing your seat belt, so that’ll be thirty years in prison. That kid isn’t in a car seat — thirty years in prison. And you just shot someone? Thirty years in prison."
* '''Invoked''': President Justice runs on a staunch anti-crime platform.
* '''Exploited''': The president’s top advisor, a MagnificentBastard who’s gunning for his job, suggests that he implement an ultra-harsh justice system so he can swoop in and take over when the inevitable backlash hits.
* '''Defied''': “While I am concerned about crime, giving equally harsh punishments to every lawbreaker would be a bit much.”
* '''Discussed''': “Oh come on! I [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking jaywalked]] once! Why are you executing me for it? All crimes are not equal!”
* '''Conversed''': “Wait, why is Stephen in jail this episode? … He jaywalked? But that’s a maximum-security prison! And his fellow inmates are all murderers? Ridiculous!”
* '''Implied''': At the beginning of the movie, AliceAndBob, who have both just begun their respective sentences, become friends and explain that they’re respectively in jail for theft and assault. At the film’s end (it’s not specified how far into the future this is), they’re also released simultaneously.
** Since criminals know they’ll get the exact same punishment whatever the crime, they go on a rampage, killing, raping, and looting as they see fit. President Justice just shrugs it off as a side effect of the system, which eventually leads to a massive riot, with massive loss of life for both sides.
** The insanely harsh justice system leads to a massive amount of prison overcrowding.
** …However, this leads to a takeover by a successor who institutes a fairer and more just system. Consisting of two tiers!
** All crimes are created equal, but good behavior allows you to run the prison.
* '''Played for Laughs''': All crimes are punishable by a lengthy prison term except for telling bad jokes, which gets you fined.
* '''Played for Drama''': Jake only did something frowned upon in polite society, hardly illegal, but he gets sent to prison anyway, where he is put into close proximity with genuine criminals. He HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook, indeed.
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