Thomas Jefferson's legacy to subsequent generations has been vast, including political theory, philosophy, architecture, and education. Jefferson's influence on American thought regarding crime and punishment has been especially great. Conceptualizing crime and punishment as a consequence of the social contract under which citizens live, Jefferson believed that punishments must be carefully related to the crime committed. His strong belief in public service informed his commitment that government's most sacred duty is to provide equal and impartial justice to all citizens.

Jefferson was born April ...

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