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Report No. 35

Chapter 5

Objects of Capital Punishment

Topic Number 21

Objects of capital punishment

276. Objects of capital punishment.-

We may now proceed to an examination of the objects of Capital Punishment.

For convenience of reference, these objects, as suggested in the literature on the subject, may be enumerated as follows:-

(i) Deterrence;

(ii) Retribution;

(iii) Disabling;

(iv) Avoidance of lynching, and private revenge;

(v) Disapprobation by the public;

(vi) Atonement by the offender.

Of these, the first two are those most frequently put forth, and subjected to approval or disapproval.

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