Anyone here play the game Half-Life 2?
When the guards were chasing gordon freeman, they would say “outbreak” from time to time.
I read somewhere that the guards said “outbreak” because criminals should be treated like a disease. The longer the criminals stayed in the community, the longer they have to spread the infection. The infection being crime.
In the case of the justice being drawn out, the system is being dragged to the knees.
Just as the immune system reacts to clear an infection, so should the justice system act swiftly to remove the infection from society.
The longer the infection stays around, the more damage it does to the system as a whole.
Instead of capturing the infection and destroying it, the legal system releases the infection back into the community to do more damage.