Source: (2007) Social Research. 74(2):651-662.

While just desserts philosophy has offered a sentencing rationale intended for the most part to limit and standardize punishment, the logic of upper limits in that model has become uncoupled from a continuing policymaker demand to increase the intensity and duration of punishment that now appears to know no limits. Where we must all take blame, or responsibility, is in failing to now consider a new currency of justice. Such a currency must be based on a different normative theory than the retributive one that has given legitimacy to punishment, and that has opened the door to what appears to be its unrestricted expansion. (excerpt)