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White, R, Retribution, The Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts, Routledge, A Brisman, E Carrabine, and N South (ed), London, pp. 333-337. ISBN 9781138819009 (2017) [Other Book Chapter]

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The concept of retribution is used in a criminological context to refer to a specific purpose of punishment. The purpose of retribution is to express public disapproval of a specific criminal act (or omission) through the use of punitive measures. The emphasis is on punishment as moral desert that is, offenders deserve to be punished as offenders are viewed as being solely responsible for their actions and thus their punishments. There is meant to be a direct connection between crime and punishment, both in the sense that only those who actually commit an offence ought to be punished, and in regard to the notion that each crime should be punished in proportion to the seriousness of the offence.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:130306
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-01-18
Last Modified:2019-01-18
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