The Punishment Of A Criminal

854 WordsApr 12, 20164 Pages
The many different philosophies behind the punishment of a criminal include just about every moral justification that crosses a human being’s mind. The ideology behind philosophies of punishment in the criminal justice system has mainly derived from the globally understood “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” from the Old Testament and the cliché “The punishment must fit the crime” concerning retributive punishment. Both of these statements involve retributive punishment. This is because most of the criminal justice systems throughout the world have been shaped by this philosophy for centuries. However, there are many more philosophies that produce respectable arguments when concerning the punishment of a criminal. The philosophies covered in this paper will be the Retributive Justification, the Utilitarian Justification, and the Deterrence method of justification. The Retributive Justification involves the highly debated concept of revenge. Simply put, if a crime is committed then punishment should provide the offender with “what they deserve”. The retributive justification involves the mindset of society and its determination of the punishment for specific crimes. For example, a person could get convicted of drug trafficking and another could get convicted of attempted murder. Both of these people could end up serving the same amount of time behind bars due to specific circumstances such as criminal history. The punishment does not seem to fit the crime in the
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