Punishment and forgiveness

Authored by: Justin Tosi , Brandon Warmke

The Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415708654
eBook ISBN: 9781315885933
Adobe ISBN: 9781134619450


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There is, we suspect, a widely held assumption that forgiveness and punishment are crucially linked. Our sense is that many people think that if a victim forgives her wrongdoer then the victim gives up her right to punish the wrongdoer, or at least that if the victim were to punish someone she had forgiven, then she would have done something morally inappropriate. Such a view likely seems intuitively correct to many. We will argue that upon inspection it is not so appealing.

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