Writing Prompt: The Purpose of Punishment

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When punishment is given in a society when a member breaks its rules, what is the punishment meant to accomplish? After providing a summary of the major categories of punishment (rehabilitation, restitution, incapacitation, deterrence, and retribution), your learners will discuss these categories and write a letter to a local newspaper discussing which type they believe would be most effective for reducing crime rates.

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CCSS: Adaptable
  • Can also serve as a great discussion prompt on the purpose and philosophy of government
  • Quotes document by the Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Some information is specific to North Carolina and cannot be edited, but the assignment as a whole can be adapted for your class in any state