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Societies have been using punishment as a way to affect behavior for centuries. The question must be asked of the benefits of punishment to direct actions and deter crime. Evaluate public issues that criminal organizations face in ethical decision making.
In your paper,
Evaluate the morality of punishment for actions;
Describe the philosophical theories that justify punishment as a requirement to creating and reinforcing moral behavior;
Explain the theories that view punishment as an inappropriate response to poor moral behavior; and
Describe the alternatives to punishment used to correct behavior.
The paper
Must use at least three scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
Must document all sources in APA style
Must include a separate references page