Friday, 12 February 2010

Can deterrence ever be fair?

The concept of deterrence when it comes to sentencing refers to sentencing someone with the objective of putting that person off crime (individual deterrence) or sending a message to society at large (general deterrence).

There's a thoughtful post on this here in reference to the sentence passed in the case of former Met Police Assistant Commissioner Ali Dizaei (see video clip below for one view on his case).

What do you think? Can deterrent sentencing be justified, or is it unfair and inconsistent to sentence in this way in one case, but not in others?

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