Kinds of Punishment
13 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2017
Date Written: April 1, 2017
Contemporary states execute, imprison, fine, place on probation, conditionally discharge, caution, and do a great deal more to the persons they convict. What general principles govern how retributivists should choose between the foregoing responses to culpable wrongdoing - or select an altogether different type of sanction? If my subsequent reasoning is sound, it is easy to understand why retributivists have tended to neglect this issue. They have neglected it because they have little to contribute to its resolution. In what follows, I will support this conclusion and discuss a few of the somewhat controversial positions on which it rests. I hope to make some headway on this topic by defending what I call the deferential view about kinds of punishment (or deferential view for short).
Keywords: punishmen, retributivism, imprisonment, desert, proportionality, consequentialism
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