Welcome to my Blog! Most of us hold strong views about the punishment of criminals. Mostly, maybe, we don’t think much about it at all, but if a dreadful crime takes place – or even not such a dreadful crime that affects us or people we care about – it often prompts a powerful emotional reaction. But how are we to think and talk about crime and punishment in general or in particular cases? Public debate is rarely thoughtful and politicians tend to say silly things about crime and punishment. This Blog is an attempt to try to do better and to make a contribution to how we might talk about punishment.