Inequality, Incentives, Criminality, and Blame
34 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2017
Date Written: 2016
The disadvantaged have incentives to commit crime, and to develop criminogenic dispositions, that limit the extent to which their co-citizens can blame them for breaking the law. This is true regardless of whether the causes of criminality are mainly “structural” or “cultural.” We need not assume that society as a whole is unjust in order to accept this conclusion. And doing so would neither stigmatize nor otherwise disrespect the disadvantaged.
Keywords: Punishment, Blame, Inequality, Responsibility, Crime, Law, Philosophy, Morality, Ethics, Disadvantage, Mitigation, Sentencing, Criminal Justice, Race, Class
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