Criminal Offenders and Right Forfeiture

Journal of Social Philosophy 32 (2001): 78-89

Posted: 16 Dec 2012

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

It is plausible to believe that the only way that legal punishment can be made consistent with the basic moral rights of offenders is to hold that offenders have, through their crimes, forfeited those rights. Numerous problems with the right forfeiture view are discussed. In its stead, I urge the view that legal punishment should be understood as justifiably curtailing the moral rights of offenders. Offenders retain some of their basic moral rights, while others are severely limited by legal punishment.

Keywords: right forfeiture, legal punishment

Suggested Citation

Lippke, Richard, Criminal Offenders and Right Forfeiture (2001). Journal of Social Philosophy 32 (2001): 78-89, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2189665

Richard Lippke (Contact Author)

Indiana University ( email )

Department of Criminal Justice
Bloomington, IN
United States
812-856-6049 (Phone)

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