death penalty

Rehabilitation vs. Retribution

by Sonny Bunch on September 10, 2012

There’s a tension in our justice system between rehabilitation and retribution. On the one hand, we think of prison as a reformatory, a place where those who have wronged society learn the errors of their way, gain a skill of some sort, and rejoin society to become better citizens. It is a utopic vision, though […]


Penn State and “collective punishment”

by Sonny Bunch on July 16, 2012

Amongst the few supporters of Penn State, there is an evolving meme: To punish the school by levying the “death penalty” (that is to say, banning the school from playing football competitively for one or several years and stripping it of the ability to grant scholarships) is a measure of “collective punishment.” In the comments […]