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Punishment and Welfare: Defending Offender’s Inclusion as Subjects of State Care

Coverdale, HB; (2018) Punishment and Welfare: Defending Offender’s Inclusion as Subjects of State Care. Ethics and Social Welfare , 12 (2) pp. 117-132. 10.1080/17496535.2017.1364398. Green open access

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Abstract

Many criminal offenders come from disadvantaged backgrounds, which punishment entrenches. Criminal culpability explains some disadvantageous treatment in state-offender interactions; yet offenders remain people, and ‘some mother’s child’, in Eva Kittay’s terms. Offending behaviour neither erases needs, nor fully excuses our responsibility for offenders’ needs. Caring is demanded in principle, recognising the offender’s personhood. Supporting offenders may amplify welfare resources: equipping offenders to provide self-care; to meet caring responsibilities; and enabling offenders’ contribution to shared social life, by providing support and furthering the choices of others seeking to engage with them. The desistance paradigm (viewing desistance from offending as a process, following from an offender’s active choice in the context of stabilising social structures and personal circumstances), implies that a supportive environment may facilitate reduced recidivism. While decisions about criminal culpability need justice, we may use state resources most effectively by also including care ethics in our thinking about punishment.

Type: Article
Title: Punishment and Welfare: Defending Offender’s Inclusion as Subjects of State Care
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17496535.2017.1364398
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2017.1364398
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Care ethics, equality, caring practice, criminal justice, criminal punishment, treatment as equals, desistance, welfare, Eva Kittay, personhood
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10063436
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