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Making crime cost.(CULTURE AND SOCIETY)(Charles Murray's work on civil procedure in United Kingdom)

Charles Murray, "Simple Justice," Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society in association with The Sunday Times, June 27, 2005 (

AEI scholar Charles Murray has for many years paid visits to the United Kingdom under the auspices of The Sunday Times to assess what the world can learn from Britain's seemingly unstoppable crime problem. In January 2004, he wrote two essays for the paper suggesting that modern approaches to justice had lost sight of the punitive object of justice. The British think tank Civitas has republished these essays together with a new series of commentaries on them from experts on the left and right.

Murray's thesis is that sentences without a punitive element, such as approaches that leave the perpetrator free, mean that criminals are treated more leniently than they deserve. …

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