No Matter How Hard You Try, It’s Still Not Complicated

[High Praise! to Liberal Logic 101]

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  1. blarg and Larry are absolutely right. There is more than one justification for the death penalty, as any lawyer can tell you once he gets his hand out of your pockets. The first is incapacitation – prevent the criminal from repeating the offense, or any other. The second is retribution – punish the criminal. The third is general deterrence – reduce the number of others who will commit the crime in question. For penalties other than the death penalty, there is also the justification of specific deterrence – reduce the likelihood that the criminal himself will commit the crime again. While I have listed these as “first”, “second”, etc., there isn’t any particular order to them.


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