Philosophy of Punishment

Project Lead: 
Ray Bynum
Project Description: 

Cultural conflict in law enforcement and corrections has been influenced by the different philosophies of punishment. The philosophies include:

Eye for an Eye - retribution

Just Desserts - delayed retribution

Conservative - "lock the door and throw away the key".  Be tough on crime

Liberal - "rehab for everyone" approach

Radical - "the offender is also a victime. They are a product of a bad environment

These philosophies have been in existance and in conflict with each other for many years.

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