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Distributive Principles of Criminal Law: Who Should be Punished How Much

Paul H. Robinson


The rules governing who will be punished and how much determine a society's success in two of its most fundamental functions: doing justice and protecting citizens from crime. Drawing from the existing theoretical literature and adding to it recent insights from the social sciences, this book describes the nature of the practical challenge in setting rational punishment principles, how past efforts have failed, and the alternatives that have been tried. It ultimately proposes a principle for distributing criminal liability and punishment that will be most likely to do justice and control crime ... More

Keywords: punishment principles, criminal liability, justice, protecting citizens, distributive principles, controlling crime, social science, criminal law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195365757
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul H. Robinson, author
University of Pennsylvania