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Stephen Kershnar
Fredonia State University
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The moral theory justifying punishment will shape the debate over numerous controversial issues such as the moral permissibility of the death penalty, probation, parole, and plea bargaining, as well as issues about conditions in prison and access to educational opportunities in prison. In this essay I argue that the primary goal of the criminal justice system is to inflict suffering on, and only on, those who deserve it. If I am correct, the answer to issues involving the criminal justice system should be answered in large part by considering whether the practice in question furthers the infliction of suffering on, and only on, those who deserve it
Keywords Punishment  Retributivism  Desert  Immanuel Kant  Proportionality  Lex Talionis  Michael Moore  Incarceration
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ISBN(s) 0739-098X
DOI 10.5840/ijap20001416
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