"S.J. Van Sickle" wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Jan 2001, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> > But punishment looks a lot like revenge. If it is not a deterrent and
> > does not rehabilitate what and who is it for?
> Well, in the past punishment has served to help prevent private acts of
> vengence. I'd like to think we are beyond that, but...
Prison is morally properly used, if not for rehabilitation, then to
isolate the criminal from the society (and the individuals in it) the
criminal has chosen to disrespect the rights of. Violation of the social
contract of trust requires divorce, separation, and restraining order of
the violator from the rest of us.
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