What is Punitive Justice? - Definition & Examples


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What is the primary focus of punitive justice?

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1. The belief that the infliction of pain will deter future criminal behavior is a characteristic of

2. Approximately how many Americans today are incarcerated?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Easily measure your comprehension of punitive justice with this quiz and worksheet. This convenient multiple-choice quiz requires you to be familiar with the approximate number of Americans incarcerated.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here's what the quiz covers:

  • The main focus of punitive justice
  • The term for the belief that infliction of pain deters criminal behavior
  • How many Americans are incarcerated today
  • What restorative justice is primarily concerned with
  • A key characteristic of restorative justice

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about incarceration statistics and characteristics of punitive justice
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about a primary characteristic of restorative justice and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the main focus of punitive justice

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic with the lesson titled What is Punitive Justice? - Definition & Examples. Here's a brief look at topics in the lesson:

  • The history of punitive justice
  • Examples of punitive justice
  • What proponents for restorative justice believe