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Retribution and Restoration Justice - Why restoration justice is as futile as restitution justice. Concerns about the ineffectiveness of traditional criminal justice systems have perpetrated new approaches to criminal justice. Such new approaches to transitional justice or restorative justice like truth commission, trails, reparation, and lustration or vetting. But the apprehension of restorative justice and retributive justice bring to light the argument and made clear that each is not as impeccable or a straightforward answer to justice for all legitimate victims....   [tags: Criminal Justice, Rights] 1448 words
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Retribution - Retribution When someone takes a life, the balance of justice is disturbed. Only the taking of the murderer's life restores the balance and allows society to show convincingly that murder is an intolerable crime which will be punished in kind. Retribution has its basis in religious values, which have historically maintained that it is proper to take an "eye for an eye" and a life for a life....   [tags: Papers] 889 words
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Retribution in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Retribution in The Canterbury Tales Retribution is essential to a balanced humanity, acting as an offset for immoral deeds. Although retribution remains a necessary part of existence, it can be circumvented through penance, as exemplified in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Upon entering the process of penance, the sinner must take the initial step and feel repentance for their immoral actions. However, without contrition, avoidance of punishment can only be achieved through a display cunning maneuvering, which then acts as redemption....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays] 938 words
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Canada Should Focus More on Rehabilitation and Less on Retribution - Society has long since operated on a system of reward and punishment. That is, when good deeds are done or a person behaves in a desired way they SP are rewarded, or conversely punished when behaviour does not meet the societal norms. Those who defy these norms and commit crime are often punished by organized governmental justice systems through the use of penitentiaries, where prisoners carry out their sentences. The main goals of sentencing include deterrence, safety of the public, retribution, rehabilitation, punishment and respect for the law (Government of Canada, 2013)....   [tags: Canadian Justice System]
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Retribution in Shakespeare's Macbeth - In the most literal sense, retribution is defined as “the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter,” according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the ideas of “give and take” are based on one’s actions. It is a theme that’s located in every aspect of the text, wherein the characters gain or lose power and/or life due to actions taken against them as well as by them. Nothing is inconsequential or coincidence. Things were all planned, though not in the sense of destiny and preordained fate but rather in the combination of man and greed and the fight for power....   [tags: essays research papers] 1058 words
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Retribution of Dying Hope - Retribution of Dying Hope There was a time and a place for conversations such as this. This time and this place were not it. Standing on a crowded platform, silent strangers dared not speak because impersonal relationships seem the way forward in this society. Seeing but not speaking. Watching someone drown is better than diving in to help, because it’s personal, no one helps anyone else anymore. And this is what will ruin us. His voice rose above silence, drifted on the breeze around the crowds and resounded to the opposite platform....   [tags: Papers] 708 words
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Capital Punishment Essay - Justice in Retribution - Capital Punishment: Justice in Retribution     The American government operates in the fashion of an indirect democracy. Citizens live under a social contract whereby individuals agree to forfeit certain rights for the good of the whole. Punishments for crimes against the state are carried out via due process, guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. The use of capital punishment is decided by the state, which is legal in thirty-seven states. It is a moral imperative to protect the states' rights to decide their own position on the use of capital punishment....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Allegorical Punishments: Analysis of Dante’s Use of Allegory in Inferno - In Dante’s Inferno, those who never repented for their sins are sent there after death. Like the old Latin proverb says, “The knowledge of sin is the beginning of salvation.” (“Latin Proverb Quotes” ThinkExist) The punishments in his Hell are decided by the law of retribution, which according to Webster’s Dictionary is the total effect of a person's actions and conduct during the successive phases of the person's existence, regarded as determining the person's destiny. (“Retribution” Merriam-Webster) Therefore, Dante creates a variety of reprimands for the three different types of sins: incontinence, violence, and fraudulence....   [tags: hell, retribution, morality, atheism]
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Justifications for Punishment in Modern Society - Provide the justifications for punishment in modern society. Punishment functions as a form of social control and is geared towards “imposing some unwanted burden such as fines, probations, imprisonment, or even death” on a convicted person in return for the crimes they committed (Stohr, Walsh, & Hemmens, 2013, p.6). There are four main justifications for punishment and they are: retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, and incapacitation. There is also said to be a fifth justification of reintegration as well....   [tags: retribution, rehabilitation, incapacitation]
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Heroism, Magic and Retribution in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit - Heroism, Magic and Retribution in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit  A fantasy is an imaginary world where all things imaginable can be brought to life. J.R.R Tolkien portrayed fantasy through his use of skilled craftsmanship and a vivid imagination, which was presented in each piece of literature he wrote. In Tolkien's two stories The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings we see the theme of fantasy brought to life through three essential elements, heroism, magic and retribution. Heroism is shown through the character's courage and bravery in situations where conflict arises and this enables them to be seen in a new light....   [tags: Rings Hobbit]
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Conflict in Iraq: Retribution for 9/11, or Grave Mistake? - Conflict in Iraq: Retribution for 9/11, or Grave Mistake. September 11, 2001 is a date in American history that will not be forgotten by American citizens. After the assault on both the Twin Towers in Manhattan, and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., the attitude and policies of both the American people and the U.S. government changed. Fear crept out from every corner on the street, and hatred and discrimination ambled out of every store or gas station that was run predominantly by citizens of Middle Eastern descent....   [tags: Iraq War Argumentative Persuasive] 1479 words
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Comparing Retribution in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Roy’s The God Of Small Things - Comparing Retribution in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Roy’s The God Of Small Things A close look at two novels, Things Fall Apart, and The God Of Small Things, reveals examples of how their authors illustrate that fate supplies retribution for wrongs done. In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, there are three linked instances of this type of retribution. First, Ikemefuna details an innocent young man who is unknowingly punished for the crime of another person. Second, Okonkwo is exiled from his village for an accidental crime....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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The Ways in Which Coleridge and Crabbe Present the Themes of Justice, Isolation, Retribution and the Supernatural in Their Poems - The Ways in Which Coleridge and Crabbe Present the Themes of Justice, Isolation, Retribution and the Supernatural in Their Poems Both the Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner and Peter Grimes appear similar in many ways. Coleridge wrote his poem long before Crabbe wrote Peter Grimes and this could explain some of the similarities. It is almost certain, that to an extent, Crabbe has used some of Coleridge's ideas in T.R.O.T.A.M in his poem Peter Grimes to appeal to the audience he was writing for....   [tags: Papers] 709 words
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Corrections: Rehabilitation Is More Effective Than Retribution vs - Today our criminal justice system has a multitude of options when dealing with those who are convicted of offenses; fines, probation, community service, short term sentences in jail or longer sentences in a variety of different level prisons and the ultimate punishment is still death. Our goals are clear and direct, stop the behavior, make restitution, teach new skills and for many rehabilitate through therapy, drug and/or alcohol counseling. Unfortunately there are those that are deemed unredeemable and unfit to ever return to society and they are either confined in prison until their natural death or sentenced to die by the order of the state or government....   [tags: Pro Criminal Rehabilitation Essays]
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The Sentence - As a judge dealing with a sentence for an individual that has been convicted of stealing others’ identity for monetary gain, specific information would be needed before a sentence could be imposed. The information needed would be as follows: How many people did he steal identities from. How was he or she planning to obtain money from the stolen identities. How did he or she steal the identities. Specifically, was it stolen from peoples’ garbage. Or was the identity stolen from a place that the person worked....   [tags: Retribution Incapacitation Deterrence] 384 words
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The Relationship Between The Crime Victim and The Criminal Justice System - Imagine, your life is perfect, in all its imperfections. You worked hard, through school, married with children, striving along towards goals, a mortgage, that fabulous house, and family reunions. Life is up and down, but your family is what makes all worthwhile. Hard times are family supported, laughter and tears, memories of past inspiring futures yet to come. Now, imagine in the wink of an eye, it is all gone, your wife raped and brutally murdered, your child found slaughtered in the yard, your husband, mother, father or sibling was tortured relentlessly for hours or days before finally dying, your life for all intent purposes is gone....   [tags: victim, survivor, retibution, death penalty]
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Arguments Over the Most Desirable Form of Justice - Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi, the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of the Indian independence movement, is famously asserted “an eye for an eye makes the world blind” speaking of the need for a fundamental paradigm shift in relation to the global view of justice. The global concept of justice has a vast theoretical base which was founded upon the thoughts of John Rawls, the state of nature, and the Divine Providence (also deemed the Golden Rule). However, in recent years two opposing, philosophically based groups have rallied their proverbial troops and taken part in verbal wars over the most desirable form of justice....   [tags: Retributive and Restorative]
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Talio, the Retributive Law of God, Toward Saul and David - Within The David Story, the Hebraic code of justice revolves around retributive justice and how it is administered by God. Simply stated, talio is the law of God. This law is a form of retributive justice, more so a punishment identical to the crime committed. All Kings of Israel must be chosen by God, and undergo a number of steps to ascend to the throne. The first king, Saul, loses the divine favor of God after his disobedience is showcased. His predecessor, David, acts out unjustly and also loses divine favor....   [tags: Religion] 2155 words
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Retributive Justice: Let the Punishment Fit the Crime - Crime and punishment has made some tremendous changes since the early modern time of the 1600s. A period where a wife, could be found guilty of being a scold, in other words, nagging her husband. Punishments for this crime consist of the wife being duck into the river or pond using a ducking stool that is said to still exist in Canterbury in Kent. The Scold’s Bridle was another form of punishment us for a nagging wife, she was made to wear this bridle as a form of embarrassment for her actions against her husband....   [tags: Criminal Justice ]
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The Death Penalty in the United States - The Death Penalty in The United States Capital punishment results in the victims family gaining a greater sense of security, making sure the criminal is able to be punished to the highest degree for his crime, and honoring retribution. The issue of capital punishment has created a division and tension in our country. The controversy in our society is whether the death penalty/capital punishment serves as a justified form of punishment. Justice can be served by inflicting the death sentence for murder....   [tags: capital punishment, death penalty]
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The Monstrosity of Capital Punishment - Capital Punishment is a monstrosity due to the fact that it has unconstitutionally murdered innocent people. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “Since 1973, over 140 people have been released from death row in 26 states because of innocence. Nationally, at least one person is exonerated for every 10 that are executed” (“Case”). The death penalty can be traced back to its ancient roots in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon (“Part”). The Code of King Hammurabi was a list that contained the 282 laws of Babylon; the most notorious law from this code called for an eye-for-an-eye approach to justice....   [tags: civil liberties, death row, hammurabi]
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The Death Penalty - I believe that the capital punishment is an excellent thing that every state should have and use for definite reasons. The penalty must be effective and first-class as well since it’s been in history for a long period of time. The death penalty has varied in kinds of capital punishments throughout history such as burning, drowning, crucifixion, breaking on the will, boiled to death, hanging, gas chambers, firing squads and numerous other forms of execution. The more well known forms of capital punishments that are used today that started in the seventies are death by lethal injection or electrocution....   [tags: Capital Punishment Essays]
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Death Penalty for Youth Offenders - Founded in the Principles of Babalyonian in 1780 BCE, the Code of Hammurabi first established the action of retalitation and retribution of "an eye for an eye." Over time punishment theories have developed from retribution, detterence, incapacitation, rehabilitation and reform. Regardless of this development the death penalty has been in existence as far back as history can tell. The death penalty is a concept of retribution, it's a simple and swift answer to physical or pyschological harm done to a person by the victim or victim's family....   [tags: capital punishment, death penalty]
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The Purpose of Punishment in a Modern Society - Punishment has been in existence since the early colonial period and has continued throughout history as a method used to deter criminals from committing criminal acts. Philosophers believe that punishment is a necessity in today’s modern society as it is a worldwide response to crime and violence. Friedrich Nietzche’s book “Punishment and Rehabilitation” reiterates that “punishment makes us into who we are; it creates in us a sense of responsibility and the ability to take and release our social obligations” (Blue, Naden, 2001)....   [tags: Punishment and Rehabilitation]
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Restorative Justice: Comparative Studies - When considering studies in corrections on a global scale it is important to understand how to utilize the most applicable method to gather knowledge. Comparative studies are often used to explore methods for explicating or developing knowledge and attitudes. Comparative research examines cases with the intention to reveal the structure and invariance or unchanging relationship for an entire group or population. In this case, and for the purpose of this paper, the comparative research is suggested to be used in corrections on a global scale....   [tags: corrections, incarceration]
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The Role of the Chorus in Ancient Greek Tragedies - The chorus’s perspective of justice works differently in Euripides’ Medea and Aeschylus’ The Libation Bearers. In both The Libation Bearers and Medea, the driving force of vengeance links the chorus to each of the play’s protagonists. For both plays, the choruses begin with a strong support of their heroes with a belief that the course of action that those characters are pursuing for the sake of avenging the wrongs done to them or their families is just and right. The chorus of Medea, however, moves away from that original conviction in the moral justification of revenge....   [tags: Libation Bearers, Medea and Aeschylus] 1153 words
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Differing Opinions on the Controversial Death Penalty Issue - The issue of capital punishment is one that has been in discussion for many years. How can anyone control the life of another human being. The accused may have taken the life of another citizen but what gives anyone the right to take his. This is the main point of the question but it gets vastly more complicated as the issue is further investigated. For instance, the psychopath who goes on a murderous rampage might have an abnormality with the frontal lobe of the cortex in his brain. Now, if this is the case this person may not be able to control his murderous impulses....   [tags: capital punishment, death penalty] 776 words
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Criminal Justice: The Goals of Sentencing - Sentencing is the imposition of a criminal sanction by a sentencing authority , such as a judge. Schmallger & Smykla, 2009, pg# 71) There are seven goals of sentencing including revenge, retribution, just deserts, deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation and restoration. Revenge refers to a retaliation to some kind of assault and injury. Revenge can be a type of punishment for the criminal justice system. The jury, sometimes, basis there choices on emotions, facts and evidence. It is considered revenge in some cases because the victim's looks at it that way when they feel justice has been served....   [tags: criminal justice]
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The Different Aims of Sentencing - The Different Aims of Sentencing There are a number of reasons why a society punishes offenders. These include, among others, to discourage the offender from committing further crimes (individual deterrence), to help the offender, so that he or she won’t offend again (rehabilitation), to prevent the offender from committing further crimes through imprisonment (incapacitation) and to show society’s disapproval of the crime (denunciation). Retribution is to punish on the premise that it is a payback for the offence (Retribution carries with it the notion of “Do the crime, do the time”) Reparation is aimed at compensating the victim of the crime usually by orderi...   [tags: Papers] 506 words
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C.S. Forester's Lieutenant Hornblower: Success And Failure - In the novel Lieutenant Hornblower there were a few scenes were Hornblower was a success and a few were he was a failure. In my opinion the first success of Hornblower was when he used all the cannons on one side of the ship to free them from the mud holding the ship. Another success was when Hornblower suggested a landing attack on Samana Bay. The commanding officer agreed with his suggestion, and they put together a landing party. Hornblower had the whole attack planed and the coordinates marked....   [tags: Lieutenant Hornblower Essays] 419 words
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We Must Abolish Capital Punishment - In Support of Abolishing Capital Punishment           The purpose of this study is to present a handful of arguments stating why capital punishment should be abolished. Retribution, humanity and race will all be explored in this paper on the controversial subject. Two authors will be looked at in this study; Robert Johnson and Jack Greenberg. Both contend that the death penalty is a farce in their country; the United States, which is the only country in the entire Western democratic world that enforces capital punishment....   [tags: Against Death Penalty Essays] 773 words
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Capital Punishment Is Necessary - “Over 500,000 murderers, convicted and undetected, are living in America today” (Death Penalty 55). Keeping the death penalty upheld and established in all states would greatly decrease that number. Something must be done to keep citizens safe and to keep the murder rates low. Capital Punishment is a rightly justified penalty because it is moral retribution, constitutional, and it deters crime. One reason that Capital Punishment is just is the idea that it is moral retribution to the murderer....   [tags: Pro-Death Penalty Essays]
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A Case in Favor of the Death Penalty - Death Penalty Historically, death penalty was used as the most severe punishment available if a person disobeyed the laws or committed murder. The death penalty also known as capital punishment is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner for an extremely serious crime. The rate of violent crimes in the United States is one of the highest, despite the fact that the United States has one of the harsher penal systems in the world. The courts have generally seen their task as fitting the punishment to the crime perpetrated....   [tags: capital punishment]
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Churchill the Lion Who Roared - Churchill: Leader and Statesman Wilson Churchill was a leader that was not afraid to stand in the front, with all the answers in hand and had a trail of willing followers. “He was the lion who roared when the British Empire needed him the most.” Elected into the parliament at merely the age of 25, he began his political career as a statesman in the House of Commons. He later was promoted to serve as First Lord of the Admiralty, Minister of Munitions, Chancellor of Exchequer and finally became the Prime Minister of England....   [tags: followers, halifax]
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Capital Punishment Must be Abolished - "Crimes against children are the most heinous crime. That, for me, would be a reason for capital punishment..." -- Clint Eastwood "I could not become an American citizen. I would not like to become a citizen of a country that has capital punishment." -- Werner Herzog In most of the industrialized world, capital punishment is not used to punish criminals. However, it is still used in the United States. The capital punishment debate in the United States has raged for almost four hundred years. Supporters of capital punishment often cite its roles as deterrent and retribution as reasons for their support of the death penalty....   [tags: The Case Against the Death Penalty]
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Varying Rationales and Ethical Frameworks for Punishment - What would the criminal justice system be without punishment. Perhaps, the criminal justice system would not serve a function or cease to exist. Punishment is one of the main facets of the criminal justice system. It holds such significance that it even reflects the beliefs and values of a particular society. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) once said “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” (Pollock, 2010: 315). Punishment has been around since the beginning of civilization....   [tags: Criminal Justice System, Punishment] 2126 words
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Capital Punishment Is A Deterrent To Crime - Capital Punishment has ended the lives of criminals for centuries. People have debated whether the government should have the power to decide one person’s life. On one side, people think the government does not have the right to play God as well as believe that the death penalty is simply unethical. Forty-eight percent of a half sample survey stated that life imprisonment was a better punishment for murder while forty-seven percent stated that capital punishment was a better punishment (Newport)....   [tags: Pro-Death Penalty Essays]
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Punishment: The True Story - Punishment has been around for ages. From century to century the thoughts of punishment have changed for good and bad, but the focus of punishment has not changed. With two sides to the story one being to reform or rehabilitate and the other to be punitive and ask for a penalty in return for the wrong doing done. It is hard not to see that there is plenty of controversy revolving around the subject, punishment has with stood the test of time and with good reason. Some would say the need for punishment is obvious, but others believe it has been taken too far....   [tags: Psychology]
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America Needs Capital Punishment - Without capital punishment we would have an overflow in state and federal prisons. The overflow causes lots of problems such as the cost of feeding and health care for inmates. The death penalty is a major deterrence, which helps prevent criminals from committing certain crimes. And finally retribution, which can be, summed up in an a couple words “an eye for an eye.” I agree with capital punishment because of the cost, deterrence, and retribution. Cost is one of the major issues with the death penalty....   [tags: Pro Death Penalty Essays]
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Death Penalty Debate - Why is the death penalty still allowed throughout much of the U.S.. The process of prosecuting and convicting an individual is astronomical, and there is great debate as to whether the death penalty actually works as a deterrent. Retribution and biasness have contributed too many that have received this sentence, considering all this, life imprisonment is best for all, realistically, and most effective. The advantages of life imprisonment far more outweigh the death sentence.   Death Penalty America has always had a history of using the death penalty, but no subject has received greater debate....   [tags: capital punishment, death penalty]
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The Effects of the Death Penalty - The Effects of the Death Penalty The effects of the death penalty can be divided into three main groups: public safety, deterrence, and retribution. The death penalty is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime, most often first-degree murder. Prisoners who have been sentenced to death are usually kept separate from other prisoners pending their execution. However, isolation and eventually, the death of a convicted inmate, play an important role on public safety, deterrence, and retribution in the future....   [tags: Papers] 784 words
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The Role of Gender and Ethnicity in Perceptions of Rape and Its Aftereffects by L Schneide - An Elderly woman, normally a target in an unsafe neighborhood, carries a satchel of cash. It is the receipt of today's betting and the neighborhood knows robbing her would result in punishment that would be swift and certain, unlike the legal system. The retaliation preserves the mob's reputation and honor. The threat precludes an attack in the first place. Ed Vega's "Spanish Roulette" is about retaliation to preserve honor after a rape. The story is about Sixto, a peace-loving Spanish poet. Lino, a local gang member and drug dealer, rapes Sixto’s sister Mandy....   [tags: tamler sommers, gender, ethnicity]
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Losing Liberty: How Obama Put America On the Road to Nowhere - Everyday. Everyday we see articles, blogs, and videos of citizens having their rights violated; values demoralized; and beliefs taunted. Each report by media outlets is filled with bias, whether it be natural or driven by a “secret agenda” as so many claim. Within the Constitution is a set of rights or principles that were granted to each individual by our founding fathers. To this day, every American holds true to these principles; it is these principles that make us different, make us unique, it is these principles that make us free....   [tags: Obama vs Truth]
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The Death Penalty: A Discussion on Its Pros and Cons - The death penalty, a constant source of controversy and divided opinion, is the punishment of death given to criminals who commit severe crimes. As the severity of crimes that attract the death penalty is debatable, so is its correctness and effectiveness. The justice system is based upon punishment for crimes committed with emphasis on the punishment fitting the crime. Countries such as China and Singapore have used it to punish drug traffickers and therefore fuelled debate on how fitting the punishment is in such cases....   [tags: capital punishment, death penalty]
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The Effectiveness of U.S. and Scandinavian Penal and Prisons Systems - Joe is a prisoner in a United States penitentiary convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery. Johan is a prisoner in a Norwegian Correctional Facility also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery. After eight years of serving their time in custody, they are released back out into society, the world beyond their prison walls. During the following month after their release, Joe has once again been arrested for assault and attempted robbery while Johan has started making a quiet living as a deckhand on the coast for a small fishing company in Kopervik....   [tags: Prisons Systems]
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The Theology Behind The Suffering of Job - The book of Job provides a vivid illustration of the theology of suffering. In the beginning of the book, Job’s blessings are apparent. He possesses a large family, good health, many servants, flocks of multiple species of livestock, and is considered the greatest of all men in the East (Job 1.13). Job is not only cover story material for “Progressive Farmer” and “Fortune” magazines, he is more importantly a godly man, “blameless, upright, fearing God and turning from evil” (Job 1.1). In rapid succession, however, Job experiences numerous calamities....   [tags: Theology]
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Kant's Perspective on Crime, Punishment, and Justice - Punishment is the suffering, pain, or loss that serves at retribution. Others also say it is “the authoritative imposition of something unpleasant on a person in response to a behavior deemed to be wrong by an individual or group” (Hugo & McAnany, 2010). Some question when and why we should punish. Though easy to state, this question is difficult to answer and has lead to a variety of models of punishment. In Kant’s article Metaphysics of Morals, he discusses the importance of punishment and its correspondence to crime, the right to punish, and when to grant clemency....   [tags: Psychology ] 1829 words
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The Civil Law and The Religious Law - In the world the legal system are based on one of three basic systems. There is Western law which is divided into civil law and common law. Then there is Religious law. Each country has its own unique legal system that they include variations of civil, common and religious law. Some have a combination of all three. Civil Law are based on concepts, categories, and rules derived from Roman law, with some influence of canon law, sometimes largely supplemented or modified by local custom or culture....   [tags: catholic church, christians, discrimination]
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The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished - The death penalty, also known as capital punishment is a legal procedure in which a state executes a person for crimes he/she has committed. This punishment has been implemented by many states, and is normally used for atrocious crimes, especially murder. It is also used on crimes against the state such as treason, crimes against humanity, espionage, and violent crimes while other states use it as part of military justice. There are mixed reactions on capital punishment depending on one’s faith, and the state they come from....   [tags: Against Capital Punishment Essays]
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The Death Penalty is Wrong for Many Reasons - The Death Penalty is Wrong for Many Reasons At the onset of this assignment, I believed that capital punishment was wrong for many reasons. At the conclusion of this assignment, I believe even more strongly that the death penalty is wrong, and have come upon more reasons for my belief. It is extremely difficult, however, to find case law that endorses the abolishment of capital punishment, since capital punishment has not been yet overturned. From a legal point of view, the best argument against capital punishment is that it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eight and Fourteenth amendments to the Constitution....   [tags: Papers] 687 words
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The Role of Vengeance in Euripides’ Medea and Bacchae - Medea and Agaue, the tragic heroes of Euripides’ Medea and Bacchae, represent similar ideas. For both plays, the plot focuses on those two characters’ attainment of vengeance, so that their desire for a form of retribution is the primary driving force behind the plays’ conflicts. In each case, the revenges taken by Medea and Agaue are the results of their acting on their most basic, instinctual emotions without the self-control given by a more reasoned nature. Accordingly, the women and their pursuit of revenge become representative of the emotional side of human thinking....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Greek tragedy] 1943 words
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The Moral, Legal, and Economical Aspects of Capital Punishment - Capital punishment has long been a topic for heated debate throughout the United States of America and the civilized world. For many politicians, the death penalty has been a key pillar to winning a state or election; and, to some extent, politics have been a key influence in America’s justice system. Many nations have outlawed capital punishment, with the United States included between 1972 and 1976. In the United States, there has been a renewed movement for this “eye for an eye” method, citing such arguments as “deterrence” and “victims’ rights.” This movement begs a single question – is there any economical, legal, or statistical support for the ultimate punishment....   [tags: Capital Punishment, Death Penalty]
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The Theme of Revenge in “The Cask of Amontillado” - Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is a frightening and entertaining short story about the severe consequences that result from persistent mockery and an unforgiving heart. Poe’s excellent use of Gothicism within the story sets the perfect tone for a dark and sinister plot of murder to unfold. “The Cask of Amontillado” simply overflows with various themes and other literary elements that result from Poe’s Gothic style of writing. Of these various themes, one that tends to dominant the story as a whole is the theme of revenge, which Poe supports with his sophisticated use of direct and indirect factors, irony, and symbolism....   [tags: Literary Analysis, gothicism]
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