Individuals are responsible for their actions regardless of any underlying circumstances such as

Individuals are responsible for their actions regardless of any underlying circumstances such as

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Individuals are responsible for their actions regardless of any underlying circumstances such as: mental illness, social/economical problems or intoxication. This person would be penalized for crimes committed in the past, as well as the current infraction at hand. In other words, his past violations would be taken into consideration while a punishment was being considered for the present crime. An attempt could be made to prevent the criminal from committing any future crimes through such methods as deterrence, incapacitation and rehabilitation. In comparison, when we look at the utilitarian perspective, it suggests the punishment should fit the specific offender and not the offence. It looks only at the crime at hand and the conditions surrounding it. Such variables influencing punishment might be age, physical/mental health, gender, and social/economical situations. The end result would be punishment designed to deter people from committing crime and incapacitating them to prevent reoccurrences and
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2011 for the course HCA 250 taught by Professor Robbiejohnson during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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