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Law and Society
LWSO 203
Marywyatt Sindlinger

Criminal Law – Sentencing 1) Basic ideas a) Crime as a public wrong b) Public process c) Punishment inflicted by the group against a group member d) Intentional imposition of pain, suffering, or consequences designed to achieve a desired result and justified by that result 2) Canadian Criminal Code Principles of Sentencing a) S. 718 – the sentence must be proportionate to the gravity of the offence and to the degree of responsibility of the offender which is accomplished by looking at the following: i) Denunciation ii) Specific deterrence iii) General deterrence iv) Incapacitation v) Rehabilitation vi) Reparation to the individual or community vii)Promote a sense of responsibility in the offender for harm done b) The Death Penalty i) Issue: how do we as a society morally justify killing someone because of wrong-doing? ii) Possible justifications: 1)
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