Bør man straffe unge voksne med fængsel?

Cecilie Kaltoft Augustinus, Lise Lund Andersen, Ida Josefine Madsen, Johanne Ahlquist Hansen & Katrine Yvan Bojsen Jepsen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This study examines prison as a method of punishment and questions whether this punishment should be imposed on adolescent. We question this due to the fact that prison is the punishment that results in the highest rates of recidivism. Recidivism is especially evident among individuals in the age group 20-25 and that made us wonder, what separates this age group from the rest? Therefore this study consists of a psychological part to help us examine how prison affects adolescents and how this may result in recidivism. With this knowledge we conclude that adolescents are in an important period of development and that prison can have a negative impact on this development. Furthermore this study introduces the ethical theories retribution and utilitarianism in order to comprehend different perspectives and justifications for punishment. This psychological and philosophical knowledge provides the context for our examination and discussion. This study ends up comparing and discussing utilitarians’ and retributivists’ view on prison in addition to the psychological impact prison has on adolescents. Our study concludes that the ethical theories of punishment justify punishment. It is difficult to determine whether prison is the ideal method of punishment in relation to the ethical theories of punishment due to the fact that retribution and utilitarianism are divergent in their justification of punishment. Despite the fact that prison can have negative consequences on adolescents neither of the ethical theories exclude prison as a method of punishment.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2017
Antal sider42
VejledereJesper Ryberg


  • fængsel
  • retributivisme
  • utilitarisme
  • psykologi
  • recidiv