- Depends on the Ethical system
- Retentionists say Yes
- Abolitionists say No
1) Ethics of Care- No; restorative justice is goal, rehabilitation + connection of victim, offender & society
2) Utilitarianism- Maybe; if as effective deterrent and good for whole society
3) Ethical formalism- Maybe; balance between crime & punishment, proportional harm
4) Religious Ethics- Maybe; subjective, "eye for an eye" or "turn the other cheek"
5) Rawlsian Ethics-