Justice And Retributive Justice

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“Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, life for a life”. If someone commits a wrong then they must be punished, they must be punished with a wrong that is equal to the harm that they have caused. This is retributive justice. Retribution is the punishment that has been given to someone for a wrongful or criminal act. Retributive justice is the type of justice that considers punishment as the best way to respond to the wrongful or criminal act that has been committed. Based on ethical belief, the punishment must fit the crime in order to achieve a fair and equal response. The code of ‘Hammurabi’ is a Babylonian law code that dates back to 1772 BC. In this code, one of the key laws is: “If a man destroys the eye of another man, they shall destroy his eye. If one break a man’s bone, they shall break his bone.” This is where retributive justice comes from.…show more content…
This is thought to create fairness as there has been a repayment for the wrong that has been caused. In society, many people believe that is unfair for a person to do something wrong and not be appropriately punished for it, that it is important for the person to pay in full for the wrongful act they committed. The idea is that if someone does something that is wrong and/or hurtful they should not get away with it. Instead they should have to suffer as they made others suffer. According to proponents of retributive justice, if a person steals from another, it is only fair that that person has something stolen from them. If a person takes the life of another, then it is only fair that that person as their life taken too. If a person who has committed a wrongful act and is not punished fairly, an imbalance in society is created. This may lead to the victim not feeling as though they have gained
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