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Suleman Yousaf

Mr Suleman Yousaf is a graduate of International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University. He is currently working as a Resource Mobilization & Partnership Officer at a non-profit NGO.

Abandoning Retribution: Embracing Restorative Justice through Social Institutions in Pakistan and Beyond

Written by Suleman Yousaf 8:08 pm

Suleman Yousaf explores the role of society in crime prevention; from peer influence to moral reprimands to the loss of social status, he aims to discover potential alternatives to retributive justice. He delves into a nuanced understanding of social status in deterring crime, drawing on Howard S. Becker’s labeling theory. Here, the theory is used to examine how the fear of being labeled and losing esteemed social standing can act as a deterrent against criminal behavior. The study involved surveying 34 participants, and the findings support the proposed hypothesis that the fear of losing social status can indeed deter crime, making crime prevention by social intervention as crucial as investigation, prosecution, and conviction. The paper also proposes a mechanism for establishing social institutions that operate through the “fluidity of identity,” which involves suspending the social status of potential offenders until they embrace civility and abandon the path of c…
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