Recognising State Blame at Sentencing: A Communicative and Relational Framework
(2022) 81:2 Cambridge Law Journal 294-322.
29 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2022
Date Written: September 22, 2022
Censure, blame and harms are central concepts in sentencing that have evolved over the years to take into account social context and experiential knowledge. Flexibility, however, remains limited as the current analysis in sentencing focuses on the offender while failing to engage with the state's contribution in creating wrongs and harms. This risks giving rise to defective practices of responsibility since the state can also contribute to their production. The following article presents a complementary and additional framework within sentencing to account for state censure, blame and harms. The framework is rooted in communicative theories of punishment that integrate a responsive understanding of censure and a relational account of responsibility.
Keywords: censure, state, blame, harms, communicative, sentencing
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