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Delinquency Theories

Can delinquent behavior be deterred by the threat of punishment? If not, how can it be controlled? Explain.

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1. Can delinquent behavior be deterred by the threat of punishment? If not, how can it be controlled? Explain. Be sure to support your answer with evidence. Cite any sources you reference. 3-4 paragraphs.

This is somewhat controversial. Some argue that delinquent behavior can be deterred by the threat of punishment. The two main models of punishment are based on utilitarianism and retributivism. The difference between these two can be roughly described as a difference between punishment with an eye toward the future and punishment for the sake of the past. That is, in brief, utilitarianism is a consequentialist theory and, as such, is concerned with future consequences of punishment. In contrast, retributivism sees punishment as the direct and deserved response to already committed crimes (SSA, 666, http://www.yellowpigs.net/philosophy/punishment). ...

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This solution discusses the idea that delinquent behavior can be deterred by the threat of punishment and, if not, it can be controlled.

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