Effect of Legal Education Upon Perceptions of Crime Seriousness: A Response to Rummel v. Estelle
54 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2013
Date Written: January 1, 1982
Retributive penal philosophy calls for punishment of a law violator to be proportional to the seriousness of the crime committed. However, proportionality is an elusive concept and is calculating differently, especially by utilitarians and retributivists. Studies have been conducted with the perception of students, occupational groups, and the general population. This article addresses the effect of legal education on law students in perceptions of crime including general ranking of crimes, perceived crime seriousness by harm, seriousness by mens rea, and seriousness by imputation.
Keywords: Utilitarian, retributivist, crime seriousness, perceptions penal philosophy, crime, mens rea, Rummel v. Estelle
JEL Classification: K14, K4, K00, K40, K41
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