Postscript: Reconceiving Response to Crime

Hyman Gross

in Crime and Punishment

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644711
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738944 | DOI:
Postscript: Reconceiving Response to Crime

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This chapter suggests a radical reorientation in understanding our response to crime. It calls for placing emphasis on the feelings we have in response to crime. Our response to crime must take its full circumstances into consideration and then decide how great a defection from a punitive response is possible without exciting the demons of impunity. Indeed, it is the justification of punitivity in each case, rather than the justification of the institution of punishment, that is the overriding moral challenge, and a challenge to be met not by theorists, but by those who dispose of the lives of others in response to a crime.

Keywords: crime; justification; punishment; impunity

Chapter.  1273 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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