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2018, vol. 52, iss. 3, pp. 768-800
Criminal punishment and early release programs
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA
Keywords: Crime; Criminal rehabilitation; Cruel and unusual punishment; Early release programs; Ethics; Incarceration costs; Inmate worker programs; Punishment; Responsibility; Sentencing reform; State of California
The punishment of criminals is a long-debated topic in penology, criminology, and sociology of law. But it has an underdeveloped history in philosophy generally, and in philosophy of law in particular. Philosophical discussions of early release programs is particularly lacking in philosophy of law and moral philosophy. But in the State of California, there are several citizens who believe that criminals ought to be treated with much more compassion than is currently the case (as they see it) and all that this seemingly implies, while there are those who argue for a compassionate but harsher treatment of criminals. This paper is an attempt to provide some philosophical clarity to some of the legal, economic and moral questions pertaining to whether or not proposed early release programs in California concerning criminal punishment are justified.
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article language: English, Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.5937/socpreg52-18562
published in SCIndeks: 28/12/2018
peer review method: double-blind
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