Wisconsin Law Review
Paul Campos, The Paradox of Punishment, 1992 Wis. L. Rev. 1931, available at https://scholar.law.colorado.edu/articles/858/.
Retribution demands reciprocity. In this Essay, Professor Campos contends that classic retributive theory encounters a logical paradox when it attempts to equalize the status of criminal and victim through the institution of punishment. This paradox arises out of a clash between the deontological requirements of equality and justice. He concludes by speculating on the historical relationship between rationalist justifications for vengeance and the elimination of punishment as public spectacle.
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