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May 18, 2018 / C H Thompson

Crime and punishment – revision notes with evaluative points


There’s three forms of punishment designed to stop re-offending:

  • Deterrence
  • Rehabilitation
  • Incapacitation

Deterrence – the harsher/tougher the regime of (penal) punishment the less likely any offender will want to go prison. This was popular with Thatcher’s new right ideology

Rehabilitation – this is where (penal) punishment seeks to educate or reform in order to change offender behaviour patterns and earn an honest living when released

Incapacitation – is the use of punishment to protect society from dangerous offenders either through imprisonment or execution

Continues to sociological approaches to punishment…



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