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Justifying punishing
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THE DEATH PENALTY: FOR AND AGAINST-------------------------------------------------
Louis P. Pojman, Jeffrey H. Reiman
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Boston, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998
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“Philosophers have tended to think that punishment can be justified in three distinct ways; retribution, that punishment is the offender’s justlydeserved payback for the harm he or she has caused; fairness, that punishment is a way of maintaining a fair distribution of civic burdens by imposing a burden on one who has shirked the burden ofcomplying with the law; and deterrence, that punishment is an evil necessary to prevent greater future evils by giving potential criminals a disincentive to commit offenses.”(Page 69)-------------------------------------------------

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Offenses punishable by death: State Jurisdictions, 1993
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THE DEATHPENALTY IN AMERICA: CURRENT CONTROVERSIES
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Hugo Adam Bedau
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Oxford University Press US, 1998-------------------------------------------------

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Alabama: Murder during kidnapping, robbery, rape, sodomy, burglary, sexual assault, or arson;murder of a peace officer, correctional officer, or public official; murder while under a life sentence; murder for pecuniary gain or contract; aircraft piracy; murder by a defendant with a previousmurder conviction; murder of witness of a crime……….. . (Page 36).

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