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Indeterminate Sentence

What Shall Be Done With The Criminal Class?

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Language: English
Wordcount: 6,403 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 528
Added to site: 2006.02.01
mnybks.net#: 12047
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Essays
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on that the accused has broken the law, the other is gauging within the rules of the code the punishment that, each individual should receive. It is a theological notion that the divine punishment for sin is somehow delegated to man for the punishment of crime, but it does not need any argument to show that no tribunal is able with justice to mete out punishment in any individual case, for probably the same degree of guilt does not attach to two men in the violation of the same statute, and while, in the rough view of the criminal law, even, one ought to have a severe penalty, the other should be treated with more leniency. All that the judge can do under the indiscriminating provisions of the statute is to make a fair guess at what the man should suffer.

Under the present enlightened opinion which sees that not punishment but the protection of society and the good of the criminal are the things to be aimed at, the judge's office would naturally be reduced to the task of determining the guilt of the ma

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