Chapter

‘Already Punished Enough’*

Douglas Husak

in The Philosophy of Criminal Law

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585038
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723476 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585038.003.0018
 							‘Already Punished Enough’*

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This chapter argues that the suffering some defendants have been made to endure by private parties prior to the imposition of their formal sentence may provide a good reason to reduce the severity of the punishments subsequently imposed by the state. It criticizes reasons often given to reject the criminal's plea that he has already suffered enough for his offense.

Keywords: punishment; blame; proportionality; desert

Chapter.  9305 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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