Can Twenty-first Century Punishment Policies Be Justified in Principle?

Michael Tonry

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This chapter canvasses a wide range of punishment policies and issues that need examination. The first section, to set the stage, discusses the evolution and influence of punishment theories over the past two centuries. The second section surveys recent policy initiatives that have been insufficiently examined and identifies issues they raise that deserve scrutiny. The third section identifies subjects theorists might explore if they want more fruitfully to address issues raised by contemporary punishment policies and practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRetributivism Has a Past
Subtitle of host publicationHas It a Future?
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199919376
ISBN (Print)9780199798278
StatePublished - Jan 19 2012


  • Consequentialism
  • Punishment policies
  • Redistributive theories
  • Redistributivism

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