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Nathaniel Hilbert March 11, 2006 Legal 250 Hilbink 1. According to Michel Foucault, the purpose of prison is to punish. Imprisonment was seen as a punishment throughout history not only for the inconvenience and discomfort usually associated with prisons, but also because it acts as an economic sanction on the prisoner as well. When a person is in prison, it becomes very hard if not impossible to hold down a job or run a business. Apart from the punishment aspect, imprisonment has been viewed as a way of protecting public safety by separating the hooligans from the do-gooders. Jerome Bruner would probably argue this point as it isn’t exactly clear what the ties are between imprisonment and deterrence of crime. 2. In criminal proceedings, the accused get blamed. By accusing (and eventually trying and convicting) an individual, the system is supposed to be finding and executing justice on behalf of society. 3. Because many individuals in society lack the resources and/or willpower to seek retribution or
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