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William Eden and leniency in punishment

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Abstract:

The distinctive role played by William Eden in the penal reform debate of the late eighteenth century is examined and his emphasis on leniency in the exercise of punishment is identified. Eden is found to have introduced the notion of ‘public virtue’ into a rights theory paradigm and the implications of this development are explored. Eden's contribution to English penal theory is illustrated by a comparison of his position with those of other leading theorists of the period, and the extent to which Eden's ideas affected English practices of punishment is assessed.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Bentham Project, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT .

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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