This Corrigan Spectre metes out punishments that are swift, harsh, and at times in excess of the crimes committed. With this Spectre there is no appeal, there are no extenuating circumstances, and if you commit a crime you will be punished and executed in torturous agony.
That is until Corrigan meets Amy Bitterman, a social worker that attempts to teach him that for there to be true justice the Spectre must learn mercy and know that there is always a possibility for forgiveness and redemption. She attempts to get the Spectre to deal with moral ambiguities, to question what is right and wrong, and to perhaps find alternate solutions than simply pain and death.
But, this being the 90s, Crimes and Judgments falls into the excesses that decade could bring. At times what would be a story about redemption and absolution thru learning to be compassionate gets lost in gratuitous gore and sexual violence. So, on the one hand, you have a beautifully presented horror/thriller about the desire for cathartic justice tempered with the need for forgiveness and mercy, which is often overshadowed by extreme brutality, abuse, and victim shaming.