, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 21-38
Date: 25 Sep 2010

Penal Coercion in Contexts of Social Injustice

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Abstract

This article addresses the theoretical difficulty of justifying the use of penal coercion in circumstances of marked, unjustified social inequality. The intuitive belief behind the text is that in such a context—that of an indecent State—justifying penal coercion becomes very problematic, particularly when directed against the most disfavored members of society.