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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Justice Through Apologies: Remorse, Reform, and Punishment

ISBN13: 9780521189453
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £21.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781107007543

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In this follow up to I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies, Nick Smith expands his ambitious theories of categorical apologies to civil and criminal law.

After rejecting court-ordered apologies as unjustifiable humiliation, this book explains that penitentiaries were originally designed to bring about penance - something like apology - and that this tradition has been lost in the assembly line of mass incarceration.

Smith argues that the state should modernize these principles and techniques to reduce punishments for offenders who demonstrate moral transformation through apologizing. Smith also explains the counterintuitive situation whereby apologies come to have considerable financial worth in civil cases because victims associate them with priceless matters of the soul.

Such confusions allow powerful wrongdoers to manipulate perceptions to disastrous effect, such as when corporations or governments assert that apologies do not equate to accepting blame or require reform or redress.

Remedies and Damages, Jurisprudence
1. Categorical apologies revisited

Part I. The Penitent and the Penitentiary: Apologies in Criminal Law:
2. Against court ordered apologies
3. Apology reductions in criminal law

Part II. Apologies in Civil Law:
4. The institutional framework: economic outcomes and non-economic values
5. A practical framework for evaluating apologies in civil contexts.