During the past two decades; the retributive theory of punishment has made remarkable strides in recapturing the affections of penologists. The story has been told elsewhere and need not be reviewed here. For philosophers, if not for others interested in the theory and practice of punishment, a retributive approach holds a double attraction.
Hugo A. Bedau,
A Retributive Theory of the Pardoning Power?,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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