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NCJ Number: 157789 Find in a Library
Title: Punishment
Editor(s): J A Simmons; M Cohen; J Cohen; C R Beitz
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 349
Sponsoring Agency: Princeton University Press
Princeton, NJ 08540
Publication Number: ISBN 0-691-02955-5
Sale Source: Princeton University Press
41 William Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The essays contained in this volume mark a significant advance in the understanding of the justification of legal punishment.
Abstract: The essays propose innovations to familiar theories of punishment and compelling arguments against some long-respected positions, and also outlines some powerful and original approaches to the issue of justification. The articles in the first section of the book debate the basic question of whether any practice of punishment can be justified. Retributivist, deterrence, and hybrid theories of punishment are all explored here. The papers in the second section of the book examine specific problems arising within the theory of classical retributivisim, and explore questions about the justifiability of particular aspects of the American practice of punishment. The final section deals with the jusitifiability of capital punishment, focusing on issues of degradation, arbitrariness, and deterrence. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Cruel and unusual punishment; Deterrence; Deterrence effectiveness; Punishment
Note: A Philosophy and Public affairs Reader
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