Whipping the Offender: Corporal Punishment Views of University Students

Daniel Hall, University of Toledo
Eric Lambert, University of Toledo

The caning of Michael Fay in 1994 brought forth adamant debate on the issue of corporal punishment. The attorney for Fay incorrectly announced that corporal punishment was unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on the constitutionality of corporal punishment for criminal offenders. A large number of students across different majors were surveyed at a large Midwestern university on the issue of corporal punishment and whether nonviolent offenders should receive corporal punishment rather than incarceration. The results of the survey are presented, along with a discussion of the policy and social issues surrounding the use of corporal punishment as a criminal sanction.

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Updated 05/20/2006