We are interested in the question of whether or not state coercion in the form of policing and punishment is justified and how it might be justified. Mark Kleiman states the question in these terms: is it a more convincing justification of the use of state coercion to secure revenge against those we are angry with or instead to try to reduce the overall amount of crime with as little punishment as possible?
A bit more from Kleiman.
Radley Balko has a libertarian take on similar questions.
An emerging conservative critique of criminal justice policy.
Accounts of life with an ankle bracelet.
Do these reform proposals provide for a more justifiable use of state coercion? Are they improvements over traditional methods of criminal justice? Do they create new problems, or can they be criticized from the standpoint of theories we have been studying in class?
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