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Founding the Criminal Law
Punishment and Political Thought in the Origins of America
Ronald J. Pestritto
"If criminal justice lawmakers have time to read just one book about the purposes and justifications for punishment, this is it."óJoseph M. Bessette, Claremont McKenna College
"Underscores the important moral norm-setting function of criminal sanctions and illuminates an aspect of the Founders' thinking that has not yet been thoroughly canvassed by scholars."óChristopher P. Manfredi, McGill University
Why does society punish criminals? What political principles underlie the determination of punishment to suit the crime? In Founding the Criminal Law, Pestritto studies policies concerning crime and punishment in early America to better understand political thought during the founding era, bringing fresh insights to modern debates about the consequences of lawbreaking.
(2000) 207 pp.
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