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Rethinking Imprisonment

Richard L. Lippke


Drawing on philosophical arguments, criminological evidence, and the legal literature on prisoners' rights, this book defends a normative theory of imprisonment. Such a theory provides an account of the justified conditions of prison confinement — the restrictions and deprivations that may be legitimately imposed on serious offenders in the name of punishment. The theory of legal punishment upon which this account builds combines retributive and crime reduction elements, with the former accorded priority on both moral and epistemic grounds. Contrary to its formidable reputation, retributivism ... More

Keywords: philosophical arguments, criminological evidence, legal literature, prisoners' rights, imprisonment, deprivations, legal punishment, retributive, crime reduction, minimum conditions of confinement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199209125
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199209125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard L. Lippke, author
Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, James Madison University, Virginia,