The punishment delusion and the myth of rehabilitation

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Ostensibly the criminal justice system acts in the name of the innocent victim to demand retribution and reparation for that victim. It also seeks to prevent further victims through deterrence as a part of any sentence and also offers the criminal the potential of rehabilitation. The proposition that legitimate revenge gives satisfaction to victims, ensures safer communities and provides opportunities for criminals to lead crime-free lives is deeply embedded in our cultural understanding of crime and punishment.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBlog article
PublisherBristol University Press
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameTransforming Society
PublisherPolicy Press


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