The purpose of punishment
Wednesday 10 August from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 on Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus
This Wednesday 10 August from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 the Deakin Philosophical Society will discuss the purpose (or purposes) of punishment.
The Victorian Department of justice website notes:
The Sentencing Act 1991 sets out five purposes for sentencing adult offenders in Victoria. They are to punish, deter and rehabilitate offenders, to denounce their behaviour and to protect the community. The Act states that sentences can only be imposed in order to:
- punish the offender to an extent and in a manner that is just in all of the circumstances
- deter the offender or others from committing similar offences
- establish conditions that will foster the offender’s rehabilitation
- make it clear that the court denounces or condemns the offender’s behaviour
- protect the community from the offender.
We'll begin this new topic by discussing Hugo Bedau and Erin Kelly's (Tufts University) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on punishment. The entry gives a general overview of theories of punishment. (Note that the entry has a US focus.) Over the subsequent two weeks we'll look at particular approaches to punishment.