Kenny's Outlines of the Criminal Law, the standard student textbook of my youth, taught that the criminal law was to offer society the protection of the state from socially disruptive behaviour. The purpose was not to satisfy the lust for revenge but to protect the public, and to reform and to deter.
Of course, if there is no such thing as society ...
Are we now beginning to say that she was right after all?
TOM U MEYER
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