The ethics of punishment : correctional practice implications

Ward, Tony and Salmon, Karen 2009, The ethics of punishment : correctional practice implications, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 14, no. 4, July-August, pp. 239-247, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2009.03.009.

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Title The ethics of punishment : correctional practice implications
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Salmon, Karen
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 14
Issue number 4
Season July-August
Start page 239
End page 247
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2009-07
ISSN 1359-1789
Keyword(s) punishment
offender rehabilitation
Summary Correctional practitioners work within a context that is heavily influenced and constrained by punishment policies and practices. The overlap between the normative frameworks of punishment and offender rehabilitation creates a unique set of ethical challenges for program developers and therapists. In this paper we set out to briefly outline three major punishment theories and draw out their implications for correctional practitioners. First, we discuss the nature of punishment and the problems it poses for practitioners and all citizens in liberal democracies. Second, consequential, retributive, and communicative justifications of punishment are succinctly described and their clinical implications analyzed and some limitations noted. Finally we conclude with some suggestions for ethical practice in correctional settings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2009.03.009
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier
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