Why Therapy Shouldn’t Entirely Replace Punishment

Responding to Karl Menninger’s “Therapy Not Punishment”

Meredith Kirby
Aug 5 · 8 min read
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In his essay, “Therapy Not Punishment,” Karl Menninger makes a case for a therapy-based model of justice. He argues that the threat of punishment does not effectively deter crime, that previous models of justice have failed, and that an effective therapy-based model of justice is superior…