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May 8, 2014

"Criminal Law Multitasking"

The title of this post is the title of this intriguing new article by Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg and Tali Gal. Here is the abstract:

Criminal law pursues multiple goals: retribution, deterrence, expressive justice, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconciliation.  Scholars tend to analyze these goals and their implementation in separation from each other, without accounting for their interplay and coordination.  A theory of criminal law multitasking is overdue.

This Article sets up a conceptual framework for such a theory.  We develop a taxonomy that captures the interplay between various procedures and substantive goals promoted by criminal law.  Based on this taxonomy, we discuss five mechanisms of criminal law.  We propose that policymakers and law enforcers select one or more of these mechanisms to implement the chosen mix of retribution, deterrence, expressive justice, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconciliation.  We provide reasons guiding this selection, among them constructive community involvement, offenders' responsiveness, and integration of victims' rights.  We illustrate the operation of our multitasking approach in real-world cases and illustrate its ability to facilitate the implementation of the deferred prosecution and adjudication mechanisms promulgated by the current Draft of the Model Penal Code.

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