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The case against punishment : retribution, crime prevention, and the law

Author: Deirdre Golash
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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What ends does our criminal justice system expect and hope to serve when it punishes wrongdoers? Does the punishment of offenders do more harm than good for American society? [The author] addresses these and other questions about the value of punishment in contemporary society.-Dust jacket.
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Deirdre Golash
OCLC Number: 60593077
Notes: Originally published: New York : New York University Press, ©2005.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Institution in search of moral grounding: Harms done by punishment; Justifying the harm of punishment --
Does punishment do more good than harm?: Crime-prevention effects of punishment, deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation; Consideration of alternatives; Theoretical objections --
Preserving the moral order: Hegel; Punishment as vindicating victims; Punishment as expressing justified anger --
Retribution and social choice: Pure retributivism; Retributive punishment as promoting social control; Restitution --
Punishment as self-defense: What justifies self-defense? --
Punishment as communication: Moral reform theories; Paternalism; Nonpaternalistic goals, constrained deterrence, constrained retribution; Aiming at the good of the offender; Restoring relationships; Moral reform in an ideal society --
Is punishment justified?: Crime prevention, doing good by doing harm; Harming offenders as good itself; Harming offenders for their own moral good --
What if punishment is not justified?: Crime prevention, reduce income inequality, reduce poverty and provide job training, foster social organization in crime-prone communities, support families to reduce stress and increase supervision, intervene to prevent imminent harm; Responding to unprevented crimes: communicate wrongness through trial and symbolic condemnation, vindicate victims and reverse some effects of crime by requiring compensation, provide opportunities for reconciliation with victim and community, promote moral change through personal attachments, protect the community through circles of support.
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What ends does our criminal justice system expect and hope to serve when it punishes wrongdoers? Does the punishment of offenders do more harm than good for American society? [The author] addresses these and other questions about the value of punishment in contemporary society.-Dust jacket.

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