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Unformatted text preview: Proportional Retributivism states that the severity of punishment “should be commensurate” with the seriousness of the crime. This means that only horrible crimes would mean severe penalties, and minor crimes would deserve light punishments. 4.) What reason does Nathanson give for rejecting Proportional Retributivism as a good justification for the death penalty? Nathanson says that since the theory is general in scope, it does not give any specific suggestions regarding punishment. He gives the example of armed robbery and the fact that it would be punished more severely than just stealing, but less severely than murdering. Since a range of punishments may be appropriate for a particular crime. The “levels of severity” argument counters the idea that the death penalty is appropriate for only some murderers....
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- Fall '08
- Nathanson, equal punishment principle