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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lipschits & Kitai on Repentance and Retributive Sentencing

Itay E. Lipschits and Rinat Kitai (Academic Center of Law and Business and Academic Center of Law and Business) have posted The Place of Repentance in Retributive Sentencing (International Journal of Punishment and Sentencing, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This manuscript sets forth the normative reasons for taking repentance into account in the frame of criminal retributive sentencing. It claims that change that takes place in people should be recognized as a relevant measure for our attitude toward them. The web of social relations among offender, victim, and society needs to permeate the criminal justice system and the considerations of punishment that it includes. Moreover, repentance may change not only one's future but also illuminate her past. If a person has a right to be punished as a consequence from her being a rational moral agent she may also repent her offense as an autonomous person.

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