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Straf og Retsfølelse

By Julie Pauch Nymark, Signe Unmack Larsen, Signe Lilhauge Jakobsen, Siw Wahl Petersen, Cecilie Kuse Smith, Christina Stendahl Johansen, Freya Cæcilia Jensen Asbjerg and Mathilde Nakato Kulusumu Mikkelsen


The study examines the system of justice in Denmark and the general sense of justice. This report takes a starting point in Flemming Balvig’s study of the Danish general sense of justice and the Danish view regarding punishment. He establishes that the majority of the Dan-ish populations has the opinion that the punishment in Denmark is not suitable and is too gen-tle. To clarify the Danish system of justice we are using a historical perspective on the devel-opment. In the discussion, the statement about the society’s urge to punish harder is afterwards challenge by other studies, which shows that when people get more details about an actual case, they change their minds. In fact, many of them want to punish more gentle than the court when they have all the insights of a case. The sense of justice can be divided into three different subjects; the general sense, the actual sense and the informative sense. These three senses of justices can be affected by many ele-ments such as the media, but especially the general sense of justice is an individual feeling and is unique for all people. Using the theories of penology retributivism and consequentialism, we draw the conclusion that the Danish system of justice uses some of both theories, due to the fact that they both contain strengths and weaknesses. The theories affect the way we shape the punishment and how we treat the criminals. The theories of penology and the three senses of justice work together in the Danish system of justice and the inside as well as the outside affect them both

Topics: Straf, Retsfølelse, Straffeteorier
Year: 2015
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