Unformatted text preview: punishment will be severe. b. In the US punishment is not usually certain, swift, nor severe. c. Capital punishment argument – murder is usually an irrational act so deterrence is not effective. Americans favor the revenge aspect of capital punishment. 2. Retribution – criminals pay compensation for their acts. Idea of an eye for an eye, etc. 3. Incarceration – keep criminals in prison where they cannot commit crimes. This is the current US approach. Prison population has gone from 1.2 million to 1.9 million. Three strike laws are another example. 4. Rehabilitation – attempt to resocialize criminals. Programs aimed at giving prisoners social and work skills to adjust to normal society. Recidivism – return to criminal activity upon release from prison. 30-60 percent of inmates return to prison within 2-5 years....
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- Fall '10
- Criminal Justice, Capital punishment argument