By Deirdre Golash
What ends does our felony justice approach anticipate and desire to serve whilst it punishes wrongdoers? Does the punishment of offenders do extra damage than solid for American society? within the Case opposed to Punishment, Deirdre Golash addresses those and different questions about the worth of punishment in modern society.
Drawing on either empirical proof and philosophical literature, this ebook argues that the damage performed by means of punishing legal offenders is eventually morally unjustified. saying that punishment inflicts either meant and accidental harms on offenders, Golash means that crime should be decreased via addressing social difficulties correlated with excessive crime charges, corresponding to source of revenue inequality and native social disorganization. Punishment might lessen crime, yet in so doing, factors a similar quantity of damage to offenders. in its place, Golash indicates, we should always handle felony acts via trial, conviction, and reimbursement to the sufferer, whereas additionally offering the felony with the chance to reconcile with society via morally stable motion instead of punishment.