I recently read an article entitled, “The Harms Beyond Imprisonment: Do We Have Special Moral Obligations Towards the Families and Children of Prisoners?” We must consider several collateral harms, including decreased psychological well-being, financial costs, loss of economic opportunities, and intrusion and control over their private lives (Bulow, 2013).
The overall question is whether the harm inflicted on individual lawbreakers through the act of legal punishment is justified and why (Bulow, 2013). I might add another question: Is harm inflicted “moral”? Since the children are not those whom have committed the crime, my answer to the question in the title of this post is a resounding YES! – Period, Case-Closed!
Bulow, W. (2013). The Harms Beyond Imprisonment: Do We Have Special Moral Obligations Towards the Families and Children of Prisoners? Ethic Theory Moral Practice, 1-2.