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Anormative Conceptions of Punishment and Humanitarian Ideals


Michael Tonry


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law

September 21, 2013

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-50

Abstract:     
For the past quarter century, scholars have identified and attempted to explain large differences and changes over time in countries’ penal policies as expressed in their imprisonment rates. Explanations differ, and imprisonment rates change, sometimes radically, but one thing has remained the same. The countries atop the rankings have consistently included the United States, South Africa, Russia, the Baltics, Ukraine, and Belarus. What distinguishes them, and more recently England and Wales, which has led the Western European league tables for two decades, is that they are countries in which punishment discourses, policies, and practices take little account of the interests of offenders. "There but for the grace of God…" empathy is largely absent. Mainstream retributive and consequentialist theories of punishment appear to have little influence. Policies and practices, and the implicit punishment theory might best be described as anormative.

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Keywords: anormative theories, punishment theory, retributivism, consequentialism, imprisonment rates

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Date posted: September 24, 2013  

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Tonry, Michael, Anormative Conceptions of Punishment and Humanitarian Ideals (September 21, 2013). Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-50. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2329844 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2329844

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law ( email )
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