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1. Legal Aspects

1.1. Sanctions

Legally, punishment is meant to right a wrong by inflicting something painful that brings to light public disapproval of the misconduct. Punishments are legal sanctions that are imposed by the courts when guilt is proved. They may take different forms: imprisonment, fines, or a prohibition of travel. They may also include measures to guard against any further acts when a person is indicted for what is against the law but …

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Schöch, Heinz, Bondolfi, Alberto and Johannsen, Friedrich, “Punishment”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.185>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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