Is Coersive Treatment of Offenders Morally Acceptable?

On the Deficiency of the Debate

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Resumé

Is it morally acceptable to instigate criminal offenders to participate in rehabilitative treatment by offering treatment in return for early release from prison? Some theorists have supported such treatment schemes by pointing to the beneficial consequences that follow from the treatment. Others have suggested that the schemes are unacceptably coercive, which implies that consent becomes an illusion. This paper argues that the discussion—with clear parallels to debates of other healthcare treatment offers in medical ethics—has adopted a too narrow focus. By failing to consider the question as a penal theoretical problem, the arguments—both by proponents and critics of coercive treatment—become premature.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftCriminal Law and Philosophy
Vol/bind9
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)619-631
ISSN1871-9791
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015

Emneord

  • Coercion
  • Criminal offenders
  • Punishment
  • Treatment

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Is Coersive Treatment of Offenders Morally Acceptable? On the Deficiency of the Debate. / Ryberg, Jesper.

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