Arguments against theories of punishment

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  • Arguments against theories of punishment
    • Deterrence doesn't work - nearly half of all criminals reoffend and prisons are full
    • Retribution doesn't always work -some victims feel that criminals do not get severe enough punishments
    • In some serious crimes, it is possible to argue that retribution is never achieved for the victim and their family
    • Reform is seen to go against punishment as it gives criminals more chances
    • Protection only works if criminals are in prison but many are released back into society
    • Some may argue that theories of punishment fo not focus on the causes of crime and therefore are irrelevant


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