Philosophers, legal scholars, criminologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists have long asked important questions about punishment: What is its purpose? What theories help us better understand its nature? Is punishment just? Are there effective alternatives to punishment? How can empirical data from the sciences help us better understand punishment? What are the relationships between punishment and our biology, psychology, and social environment?  How is punishment understood and administered differently in different societies? The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Punishment is the first major reference work to address these and other important questions in detail, offering 31 chapters from an international and interdisciplinary team of experts in a single, comprehensive volume. It covers the major theoretical approaches to punishment and its alternatives; emerging research from biology, psychology, and social neuroscience; and important special issues like the side-effects of punishment and solitary confinement, racism and stigmatization, the risk and protective factors for antisocial behavior, and victims' rights and needs. 

The Handbook is conveniently organized into four sections:

I. Theories of Punishment and Contemporary Perspectives

II. Philosophical Perspectives on Punishment

III. Sciences, Prevention, and Punishment

IV. Alternatives to Current Punishment Practices

A volume introduction and a comprehensive index help make The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Punishment essential reading for upper-undergraduate and postgraduate students in disciplines such as philosophy, law, criminology, psychology, and forensic psychiatry, and highly relevant to a variety of other disciplines such as political and social sciences, behavioral and neurosciences, and global ethics. It is also an ideal resource for anyone interested in current theories, research, and programs dealing with the problem of punishment.

chapter |2 pages


ByFarah Focquaert, Elizabeth Shaw, Bruce N. Waller

part I|83 pages

Theories of Punishment and Contemporary Perspectives

chapter 1|13 pages

Theories of Punishment

ByRobert Canton

chapter 2|8 pages


ByThom Brooks

chapter 3|11 pages

Offenders as Citizens

ByAntony Duff

chapter 4|12 pages

Hybrid Theories of Punishment

ByZachary Hoskins

chapter 5|13 pages

Limiting Retributivism and Individual Prevention

ByChristopher Slobogin

chapter 7|12 pages

The Restorative Justice Movement

Questioning the Rationale of Contemporary Criminal Justice
ByGerry Johnstone

part II|86 pages

Philosophical Perspectives on Punishment

chapter 8|12 pages

Defamiliarizing Punishment

ByTom Daems

chapter 9|10 pages

The Retributive Sentiments

ByErin I. Kelly

chapter 10|15 pages

The Right To Punish

ByMike C. Materni

chapter 11|10 pages

Problem of Proportional Punishment

ByYoungjae Lee

chapter 12|15 pages

The Gap

ByPeter A. Alces

chapter 13|10 pages

Science and the Evolution of American Criminal Punishment

ByMichele Cotton

chapter 14|12 pages

What Is Wrong with Mass Incarceration?

ByChad Flanders

part III|158 pages

Sciences, Prevention, and Punishment

chapter 15|12 pages

Punishment, Shaming, and Violence

ByJames Gilligan

chapter 16|14 pages

Humanizing Prison through Social Neuroscience

From the Abolition of Solitary Confinement to the Pursuit of Social Rehabilitation
ByFederica Coppola

chapter 17|14 pages

Effects of Prison Crowding on Prison Misconduct and Bullying

ByIvana Sekol, David P. Farrington, Izabela Zych

chapter 18|16 pages

Biosocial Risk Factors for Offending

ByOlivia Choy

chapter 19|15 pages

Brain Abnormalities Associated with Pedophilia

Implications for Retribution and Rehabilitation
ByColleen M. Berryessa

chapter 20|16 pages

Current Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience and Criminal Punishment

ByCorey H. Allen, Eyal Aharoni

chapter 21|12 pages

Behavioral Genetics and Sentencing

ByAllan McCay

chapter 22|14 pages

Prediction, Screening and Early Intervention

A Critical Analysis
ByDorothee Horstkötter

chapter 23|15 pages

Comparison of Socio-Affective Processing Across Subtypes of Antisocial Psychopathology

ByScott Tillem, Shou-An Ariel Chang, Arielle Baskin-Sommers

chapter 24|12 pages

Forensic Mental Health Treatment and Recidivism

ByDaniel Whiting, Howard Ryland, Seena Fazel

chapter 25|16 pages

Recovery of Persons Labeled “Not Criminally Responsible”

Recommendations Grounded in Lived Experiences
ByNatalie Aga, Freya Vander Laenen, Wouter Vanderplasschen

part IV|73 pages

Alternatives to Current Punishment Practices

chapter 26|11 pages

Punishment and Its Alternatives

ByWilliam R. Kelly

chapter 27|11 pages

Pre-Trial Detention and the Supplanting of Our Adversarial System

A Case for Abolition
ByJustine Olderman

chapter 28|11 pages

A Non-Punitive Alternative to Retributive Punishment

ByGregg D. Caruso, Derk Pereboom

chapter 29|11 pages

The Takings Doctrine and the Principle of Legality

ByMichael Louis Corrado

chapter 30|11 pages

How to Transform a Static Security Prison into a Dynamic Organism for Change and Growth

ByArne Kvernvik Nilsen, Ekaterina Bagreeva

chapter 31|16 pages

Towards a Strengths-based Focus in the Criminal Justice System for Drug-using Offenders

ByCharlotte Colman, Eva Blomme