In my opinion, if a person sees another person visibly suffering or dying, he or she should do anything to help out. I recently viewed a video of a mother who accidently left her baby in her car while she was going grocery shopping. Several people are seen walking by the car and seeing the baby crying, but many people decided not to help out at all. The right thing to do is to help someone in need. A person should go to jail for intentionally letting someone pass away by not helping them.
No, people should not be held criminally liable for not helping people in need. Helping people or choosing not to help is a moral dilemma and not a crime. There are a variety of reasons that a person may choose to not help someone that is in need, and they should not be held accountable by law to do so.
An individual has a right to do what they want or nothing as far as it doesn't break the law. Helping others in need is a moral decision and has no place in a court of law. For someone to be punished for not taking action when they are not required to is unjust.
I do not believe people should be held criminally liable if they don't help people in need. Not everyone is in a position where they can help and there are many people in need who will refuse to speak out for assistance. Resources and money need to be spread more evenly across the classes. Solve that problem rather than charging people with crimes.