He advocates enough punishment to give the criminal what he "deserves" for his crime plus whatever additional punishment is required to deter other criminals. He is logical enough to admit that the only difference between the death penalty and homicide, arrest and kidnapping, and punishment and crime is that the first in each of these pairs is done by the state for its purposes while the second item in each pair is done by private citizens. His mistake is that he believes that this makes a moral difference (page 223).
He examines corporeal punishment, capital punishment, fines, banishment, exile, and other means of controlling criminals. His assessments are usually sensible given his assumption that the state has the right to try these forms of behavior modification. He recognizes the inefficiency of the penal system and its penitentiaries. His proposals would improve the system, except possibly for recidivists who could be incapacitated in various ways on the grounds of self-defense rather than punishment.
Year Read: 1985
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