Theories of Proportionality and Desert

Richard S. Frase

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This article discusses the various theories of proportionality. The first section takes a look at the retributive proportionality principles, two varieties of retributive theory, and the ways non-retributive theories have included elements of retributive proportionality. From here the discussion shifts to two utilitarian proportionality principles and how these have been applied. This article also considers hybrid theories that combine retributive and nonretributive proportionality principles and locates these theories in current sentencing systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections
EditorsJoan Petersilia, Kevin Reitz
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968756
ISBN (Print)9780199730148
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Hybrid theories
  • Non-retributive theory
  • Proportionality
  • Retributive proportionality principles
  • Retributive theory
  • Sentencing systems
  • Utilitarian proportionality principles


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