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The Goals of Sentencing
The goals of sentencing

Punishment is an institution in almost every society. Only very small and very isolated communities are at a loss about what to do with transgressors, and even they recognize the punishment of children by parents. … It is an institution which is exemplified in transactions involving individuals, transactions that are controlled by rules, laying down what form it is to take, who may order it, and for what.

—Nigel Walker, Why Punish? (1991:1)

Deciding how much to punish is an agonizing process, in which conflicting aspirations compete.

—Andrew von Hirsch, Doing Justice (1976:59)

What should be done with a person who has been found guilty of a crime? Should he or she be punished? If so, what is the purpose of the ...

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