Monday, 1 July 2013

[Criminal] Purposes of Punishment in Criminal Law

Purposes of punishment in criminal law

to prevent crime by demotivating potential criminals from committing a crime. 
General deterrence: deterrence aimed at the whole society
Specific deterrence: only subjecting the offender in question
an offender should receive punishment proportionate to the harm caused
Rehabilitation/ Reformation
seeks to modify behavior by changing the moral outlook of the offender. Criminal behavior is a social disease that is curable through treatment
Distributive justice
Fair allocation of resources among society
Proportional punishment, deterrence and rehabilitation does not work for offenders that are not criminally responsible

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