Deterrent theory

        Preventive theory


Aim of Deterrent theory
The deterrent theory aims at giving a warning to the society at large that crime shall not pay.

Aim of Preventative Theory

Preventive theory aims at disabling the actual criminal from doing harm.


The purpose of deterrent theory is to set a lesion to others and show that crime does not pay.  

The main object of punishment is to disable the wrongdoer from repeating the crime.


This theory points out to the offender and the rest of the world that ultimately punishment follows the crime and therefore crime should be avoided.

This theory does not act so much on the motive of the wrongdoer but disables his physical power to commit the offence.


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