Can Shame Be Therapeutic?

24 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2013 Last revised: 17 Sep 2014

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Luke Coyne

Arizona Summit Law School

Date Written: December 12, 2012


This paper focuses on alternative judicial punishments such as reciprocal and humiliation punishments. It explores the past and present use of such punishments. It covers the theories behind the use of these punishments. It also takes a look at the praise and criticism for the use of these punishments. Additionally, the paper discusses the use and effects of these punishments, including recidivism rates.

Keywords: shame, punishment, therapeutic, jurisprudence, alternative punishment, community service, TJ, comprehensive law, sentencing, diversion, probation, parole, conditional release, supervised release, courts, problem-solving courts, comparative law

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K49

Suggested Citation

Coyne, Luke, Can Shame Be Therapeutic? (December 12, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

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