Challenging Just Deserts: Punishing White-Collar Criminals

John Braithwaite, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, v73-2, Summer 1982

In the wake of growing disillusionment as to the efficacy of deterrence, rehabilitation, and incapacitation, the last decade has seen a resurgence of “just deserts” as the rationale for punishing criminals. They should be punished because they deserve to be punished. The quantum of their suffering should be in proportion to the seriousness of their crime, not according to any assessment of whether they are rehabilitated or when they no longer pose a threat to the community.

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