Penal moderation:  A new public philosophy of punishment

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A time for moderation?. Two starting points: Banking on punishment

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Penal moderation: A new public philosophy of punishment

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1. Penal moderation: A new public philosophy of punishment? Ian Loader Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

2. A time for moderation? Two starting points: Banking on punishment – the exhaustion of excess? A new are of regulated responsibility? Three tasks: The elements of penal moderation Moderation and penal culture Two styles of moderation

3. What is penal moderation? (as a public philosophy) Why a public philosophy of punishment? Three candidates – punitivism, ‘doing good’, moderation Penal moderation means: Restraint Parsimony Dignity A counsel of despair? . . . or putting limits before purposes

4. Making moderation work? (as a public philosophy) Reinterpreting the present – naming excess Learning from ‘moderate’ times and places Punishment as a political choice Questioning ‘public’ ‘opinion’

5. Two styles of moderation Moderation by stealth Decoy rhetoric Playing the Treasury card Cultivating indifference Moderation as politics? Finding a new vocabulary of punishment

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