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The Fine Line between Interrogation and Retribution

Kevin M. Carlsmith

Colgate University - Psychology Department

Avani Mehta Sood

affiliation not provided to SSRN

October 1, 2008

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Forthcoming

The use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects is typically justified on utilitarian grounds. The present research suggests, however, that those who support such techniques are fuelled by retributive motives. An experimental study conducted with a broad national sample of U.S. residents found that the desire for harsh interrogation is largely isomorphic with the desire to punish, and that both effects are mediated by the perceived moral status of the target, but not the perceived effectiveness of the interrogation. Results are discussed with regard to retributive justice and the national policy on interrogation and torture.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: Retribution, Utility, Interrogation, Torture, Punishment motives, Retributive justice

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Date posted: August 28, 2008 ; Last revised: October 1, 2008

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Carlsmith, Kevin M. and Sood, Avani Mehta, The Fine Line between Interrogation and Retribution (October 1, 2008). Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1259698

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Kevin M. Carlsmith (Contact Author)
Colgate University - Psychology Department ( email )
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Hamilton, NY 13346
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Avani Mehta Sood
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