Previous Chapter Chapter 20: Shaming Penalties

Leonard A. Steverson

In: Corrections

Chapter 20: Shaming Penalties

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Shaming Penalties
Shaming penalties

Shaming has long been associated with methods of social control throughout the world'history. All three of the major components of the criminal justice system—policing, the courts, and corrections—have played a part in this social process, particularly the correctional system and the courts, from which many of the shaming methods were promulgated. The earliest human shaming elements were much less formal and often involved society'citizens policing themselves in this manner.

Early shaming punishments, which involved public humiliation and degradation, provided physical as well as emotional pain to offenders, and were highly popular in the American colonial period. The punishments, which consisted of public denouncement, banishment, restraint and display in public places, whipping, mutilation, the wearing of signs, and dunking practices were designed to inflict ...

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