Vice Crimes and Preventive Justice

  title={Vice Crimes and Preventive Justice},
  author={Stuart P. Green},
  journal={Criminal Law and Philosophy},
  • S. Green
  • Published 5 August 2013
  • Law
  • Criminal Law and Philosophy
Abstract This symposium contribution offers a reconsideration of a range of “vice crime” legislation from late nineteenth and early twentieth century American law, criminalizing matters such as prostitution, the use of opiates, illegal gambling, and polygamy. According to the standard account, the original justification for these offenses was purely moralistic (in the sense that they criminalize conduct solely or primarily because it is intrinsically wrong or sinful and not because of its… 

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