Crime and Law

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Under Discussion: Law and Order, Human Nature, and Substantive Justice

What function is the law supposed to serve and why is that aim sometimes at odds with justice?
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Kyle Rittenhouse and the Legal/Moral Limits of Self-Defense

Depictions of Rittenhouse as a brave patriot standing his ground and acting in self-defense are doing legal and moral harm.
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Wildfires and Prison Labor: Crisis Continues to Expose Systemic Inequity

Upon what theory of punishment do the incarcerated not deserve protection from exploitation?
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The “Wall of Moms” and Manipulating Implicit Bias

Media narratives regarding the "Wall of Moms" protests in Portland have a lot to say about implicit bias and the responsibilities of white allyship.
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To Requite, To Restore, or To Deter: Punishing Amy Cooper

What model of punishment best accommodates our intuitions in this particular case?
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The BARD Standard and Justified Execution

Does the very possibility of wrongful conviction — inherent to the BARD standard — render capital punishment unconscionable?
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Censoring “Gratuitous” Violence

Confronting real-world violence can be an important agent of change. Might we have a social responsibility to share and bear witness to real-life horrors?
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Undoing White Privilege

Identifying and disassembling the institutions of white supremacy will require a concerted effort. What does allyship require?
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Qualified Immunity: An Unqualified Disaster?

Can the lengths the law goes to hide institutional actors from public accountability be morally justified?
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“Defund the Police”: A Powerful if Ambiguous Slogan

Abolishing law enforcement as we know it could mean many different things. Can the history of the police force give us direction in where to go from here?