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Intuitions of Justice and the Utility of Desert
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Intuitions of Justice and the Utility of Desert

Paul H. Robinson


Research suggests that people of all demographics have nuanced and sophisticated notions of justice. This book demonstrates that judicial decisions that deviate from public conceptions of justice and desert can seriously undermine the American criminal justice system's integrity and legitimacy by failing to recognize or meet the needs of the communities it serves. The book sketches the contours of a wide range of lay conceptions of justice, touching many if not most of the issues that penal code drafters or policy makers must face, including normative crime control, universal understandings of ... More

Keywords: justice, judicial decisions, criminal justice system, penal code, policy makers, culpability, adjudication, grading sentencing, justification defenses, judicial discretion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199917723
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917723.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul H. Robinson, author
University of Pennsylvania Law School

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