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Two Justice Systems

Kimberly Kessler Ferzan on why criminal prevention and criminal punishment should be separate.

Episode Notes

Barry Lam and Kimberly Kessler Ferzan talk about her proposal to divide the criminal justice system into two distinct components, with two distinct courts and burdens of proof—one for determining desert for punishment, one to prevent crimes from happening.

About the Show

Hi-Phi Nation is philosophy in story form, integrating narrative journalism with big ideas. We look at stories from everyday life, law, science, popular culture, and strange corners of human experiences that raise thought-provoking questions about things like justice, knowledge, the self, morality, and existence. We then seek answers with the help of academics and philosophers. The show is produced and hosted by Barry Lam of Vassar College.

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  • Barry Lam is host and producer of Hi-Phi Nation and Professor of Philosophy at UC Riverside, and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University.