Philosophical Topics 40 (1):63-77 (2012)

Abstract
Moral condemnation has become the public narrative of our criminal justice practices, but the distribution of criminal sanctions is not and should not be guided by judgments of what individual wrongdoers morally deserve. Criteria for evaluating a person’s liability to criminal sanctions are general standards that are influenced by how we understand the relative social urgency and priority of reducing crimes of various types. These standards thus depend on considerations that are not a matter of individual moral desert. Furthermore, the moral desert is doubtful when members of socially disadvantaged groups face unequal prospects for being subjected to criminal justice sanctions. Social injustice is an intolerable context for distributing punishment according to individual desert. A rightsprotectingscheme of criminal justice might permissibly burden individual offenders, but not as an expression of what they morally deserve
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.5840/philtopics20124015
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 58,321
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Fortifying the Self-Defense Justification of Punishment.Cogley Zac - forthcoming - Public Affairs Quarterly 31 (4).

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Rawls’s Rejection of Preinstitutional Desert.Tea Logar - 2013 - Acta Analytica 28 (4):483-494.
Moral Desert: A Critique.Howard Simmons - 2010 - University Press of America.
Desert and Justice.Serena Olsaretti (ed.) - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
Responsibility, Desert, and Justice.Carl Knight - 2011 - In Carl Knight & Zofia Stemplowska (eds.), Responsibility and Distributive Justice. Oxford University Press.
Desert, Justice and Capital Punishment.Patrick Lenta & Douglas Farland - 2008 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 2 (3):273-290.
Desert, Bell Motion, and Fairness.Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen - 2016 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 10 (3):639-655.
A Moral Predicament in the Criminal Law.Gary Watson - 2015 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 58 (2):168-188.
Mistake of Law and Culpability.Douglas Husak - 2010 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 4 (2):135-159.
On Blaming and Punishing Psychopaths.Marion Godman & Anneli Jefferson - 2017 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 11 (1):127-142.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-01-31

Total views
24 ( #437,687 of 2,419,785 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #248,793 of 2,419,785 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes