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  • The Case Against Punishment: Retribution, Crime Prevention, and the Law
  • Deirdre Golash
  • 2005
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  • Published by: NYU Press
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What ends do we expect and hope to serve in punishing criminal wrongdoers? Does the punishment of offenders do more harm than good for American society? In The Case against Punishment, Deirdre Golash addresses these and other questions about the value of punishment in contemporary society.

Drawing on both empirical evidence and philosophical literature, this book argues that the harm done by punishing criminal offenders is ultimately morally unjustified. Asserting that punishment inflicts both intended and unintended harms on offenders, Golash suggests that crime can be reduced by addressing social problems correlated with high crime rates, such as income inequality and local social disorganization. Punishment may reduce crime, but in so doing, causes a comparable amount of harm to offenders. Instead, Golash suggests, we should address criminal acts through trial, conviction, and compensation to the victim, while also providing the criminal with the opportunity to reconcile with society through morally good action rather than punishment.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. 1. An Institution in Search of a Moral Grounding
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. Does Punishment Do More Good than Harm?
  2. pp. 22-48
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  1. 3. Preserving the Moral Order
  2. pp. 49-71
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  1. 4. Retribution and Social Choice
  2. pp. 72-94
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  1. 5. Punishment as Self-Defense
  2. pp. 95-116
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  1. 6. Punishment as Communication
  2. pp. 117-146
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  1. 7. Is Punishment Justified?
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. 8. What If Punishment Is Not Justified?
  2. pp. 152-172
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 173-196
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-217
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814733295
Related ISBN
9780814731581
MARC Record
OCLC
76838885
Pages
220
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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