Record: A History of Punishment
A History of Punishment
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Films for the Humanities & Sciences
The forms of punishment a society chooses, and what exactly it deems a crime, tell a great deal about that societys values. How is justice pursued and punishment meted out? This program looks at the history of punishment, beginning with early compensatory forms of justice, Hammurabis Code, and the Law of Moses. Socrates execution and Roman and medieval forms of justice are analyzed in a historical context, underscoring the fact that punishment was often intended as a deterrent rather than as a reformatory measure. Contemporary forms of punishment, including the death penalty, are discussed, along with the ways in which these sentences reflect what society values.