Punishment

[Revised entry by Hugo Adam Bedau and Erin Kelly on July 31, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The concept of punishment - its definition - and its practical application and justification
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[Revised entry by Hugo Adam Bedau and Erin Kelly on July 31, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The concept of punishment - its definition - and its practical application and justification during the past half-century have shown a marked drift away from efforts to reform and rehabilitate offenders in favor of retribution and incarceration. Punishment in its very conception is now acknowledged to be an inherently retributive practice, whatever may be the further role of retribution as a (or the) justification or goal of punishment. A liberal justification of...

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