The Effects of Punishment and Sentencing

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The fundamental philosophies surrounding the purpose of sentencing are retribution which essentially is to give a feeling of accomplishment to family members of victims or just to put the community at ease, by punishing offenders accordingly. Then there is deterrence which is a way to set an example. Such as by punishing one individual harshly may deter' another individual from doing this crime. Then there is the theory that by punishing a person to the fullest extent of the law they will not in gauge in crime again. Incapacitation simply involves removing member from society that cannot live by the laws set for them to obey. The last but most valid is rehabilitation which is the act of trying to reform criminals so they can come out of the punishment a better person, that possibly won’t return to criminal ways. Also this done so a person will have a better chance to become a productive member of society. The factors that are taken into account when it comes to sentencing are the seriousness of the crime. Which basically is the sentence needs to fit the crime.
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