Proponents of 'just deserts' argue that as a condition of justice, offenders who deserve to be punished must actually be punished. This article explores whether there is a desert paradox in which carrying out a deserved penalty breaches the values that undergird the theory of just deserts. Thus the article examines whether it might ever be proper, from a desert perspective, to choose not to impose a deserved punishment. The idea that this might be true was first suggested to the author by Don Gottfredson.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology