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Author Golash, Deirdre.

Title The case against punishment : retribution, crime prevention, and the law / Deirdre Golash
Published New York : New York University Press, [2005]


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Description ix, 219 pages ; 24 cm
Contents An institution in search of moral grounding -- Does punishment do more good than harm? -- Preserving the moral order -- Retribution and social choice -- Punishment as self-defense -- Punishment as communication -- Is punishment justified? -- What if punishment is not justified?
Summary "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, Deirdre 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."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-210) and index
Subject Punishment.
LC no. 2004015007
ISBN 0814731589 cloth alkaline paper