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Crime and PunishmentA Concise Moral Critique$
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Hyman Gross

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644711.001.0001

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Postscript: Reconceiving Response to Crime

Postscript: Reconceiving Response to Crime

(p.174) Postscript: Reconceiving Response to Crime
Crime and Punishment

Hyman Gross

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests a radical reorientation in understanding our response to crime. It calls for placing emphasis on the feelings we have in response to crime. Our response to crime must take its full circumstances into consideration and then decide how great a defection from a punitive response is possible without exciting the demons of impunity. Indeed, it is the justification of punitivity in each case, rather than the justification of the institution of punishment, that is the overriding moral challenge, and a challenge to be met not by theorists, but by those who dispose of the lives of others in response to a crime.

Keywords:   crime, justification, punishment, impunity

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