The rationale for punishment.
After conducting your reading for this week, discuss the rationale for punishment. Relate the rationale for punishment back to ethical decision-making and discuss if you believe it is based on retribution, deterrence, or something else. Support your discussion with evidence from the textbook and any outside sources you may have found.
In response to your peers, discuss whether you agree with your fellow student’s views on the rationale for punishment in our current system. Why or why not? Support your answer with evidence from the text or outside sources.
The rationale for punishment is a complex and controversial topic that has been debated by philosophers and legal scholars for centuries. There are many different theories about why punishment is justified, and the most common ones can be broadly categorized into three groups: retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation.
- Retribution is the view that punishment is justified because the offender deserves to be punished for the wrong they have done. This view is based on the idea that justice requires that people who commit crimes be held accountable for their actions. Retributivists believe that the severity of the punishment should be proportional to the severity of the crime.