The Place of Repentance in Retributive Sentencing

International Journal of Punishment and Sentencing, Forthcoming

77 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2011

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Itay E. Lipschits

College of Law and Business - Ramat Gan Law School

Rinat Kitai-Sangero

Zefat Academic College; Zefat Academic College

Date Written: August 1, 2010

Abstract

This manuscript sets forth the normative reasons for taking repentance into account in the frame of criminal retributive sentencing. It claims that change that takes place in people should be recognized as a relevant measure for our attitude toward them. The web of social relations among offender, victim, and society needs to permeate the criminal justice system and the considerations of punishment that it includes. Moreover, repentance may change not only one's future but also illuminate her past. If a person has a right to be punished as a consequence from her being a rational moral agent she may also repent her offense as an autonomous person.

Keywords: repentance, retributive sentencing

Suggested Citation

Lipschits, Itay E. and Kitai-Sangero, Rinat, The Place of Repentance in Retributive Sentencing (August 1, 2010). International Journal of Punishment and Sentencing, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1924843

Itay E. Lipschits

College of Law and Business - Ramat Gan Law School ( email )

26 Ben-Gurion St.
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Israel
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Rinat Kitai-Sangero (Contact Author)

Zefat Academic College ( email )

11 Jerusalem St.
Zefat, 1320611
Israel

Zefat Academic College

11 Jerusalem Street
Zefat
Israel

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