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Doing Justice, Preventing Crime

Michael Tonry


In the 2020s, no informed person disagrees that punishment policies and practices in the United States are unprincipled, chaotic, and much too often unjust. The financial costs are enormous. The moral cost is greater: countless individual injustices; mass incarceration; the world’s highest imprisonment rate; extreme disparities, especially affecting members of racial and ethnic minority groups; high rates of wrongful conviction; assembly-line case processing; and a general absence of respectful consideration of offenders’ interests, circumstances, and needs. The main ideas in this book about d ... More

Keywords: doing justice, mass incarceration, punishment philosophy, retributivism, utilitarianism, prediction of dangerousness, racial injustice, criminal law theory, deterrence, incapacitation

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780195320503
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195320503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Tonry, author
McKnight Presidential Professor of Criminal Law and Policy and director of Institute on Crime and Public Policy, University of Minnesota

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