Theories of Punishment

1) Deterrent Theory: This theory of punishment aims to deter the prospective criminals from committing the crime by terrorising them. The offender is punished to set an example for others. This creates fear and thus prevents the crime. The drawback of this theory is that a hardened criminal becomes accustomed to the severity of punishments and deterrence and does not always prevent the offender from committing crime. Deterrence acts on the motive of the offender.


2) Preventive Theory: The aim of this theory is to prevent the offender from committing the crime in future by rendering the offender incapable of the offence permanently or temporarily. Its said prevention is better than cure. In this theory the commission of crime is prevented. This theory aims at disabling the criminal from causing further harm.


3) Reformative Theory: This theory of punishment aims at reforming the criminal. It is a modern times theory of punishment. In this the young criminals are reformed. This theory believes that killing doesn’t cure. The mindset of the criminals is reformed so that he commits no crime in future. The theory aims at rehabilitation of the criminals.


4) Retributive Theory: This theory implies punishment as much as the crime is committed. For example tooth for tooth, eye for eye. It presumes that feeling of revenge us the hard reality of human nature. The state has a right to take action as an injury to an individual is and injury to the society. It aims at striking just balance.


5) Compensatory Theory: This theory aims at compensating the victim. The criminal has to compensate the victim for the harm caused by him to such victim. Motive of an offence may not always be monetary. Hence monetary compensation may be adequate or inadequate for the crime committed.

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