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Single Idea 6573

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 5. Right to Punish / a. Right to punish]

Full Idea

A strict retributivist is likely to say that once a crime is paid for, that's that; a deterrence theorist is likely to say that the protection of potential victims overrides the released convict's right to a free and fresh start.


'Retributivists' believe in appropriate tit-for-tat punishments

Gist of Idea

Retributivists say a crime can be 'paid for'; deterrentists still worry about potential victims


Robert Fogelin (Walking the Tightrope of Reason [2003], Ch.2)

Book Reference

Fogelin,Robert: 'Walking the Tightrope of Reason' [OUP 2004], p.63

A Reaction

Interesting since the retributivist here has the more liberal attitude. Reformists will also have a dilemma when years in prison have failed to reform the convict. Virtue theorists like balance, and sensitively consider our relations with the criminals.