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Can Twenty-first Century Punishment Policies Be Justified in Principle?

Michael Tonry

in Retributivism Has a Past

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199798278
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919376 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199798278.003.0001

Series: Studies in Penal Theory and Philosophy

Can Twenty-first Century Punishment Policies Be Justified in Principle?

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This chapter canvasses a wide range of punishment policies and issues that need examination. The first section, to set the stage, discusses the evolution and influence of punishment theories over the past two centuries. The second section surveys recent policy initiatives that have been insufficiently examined and identifies issues they raise that deserve scrutiny. The third section identifies subjects theorists might explore if they want more fruitfully to address issues raised by contemporary punishment policies and practices.

Keywords: punishment policies; redistributive theories; redistributivism; consequentialism

Chapter.  13933 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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