What is the point in punishment? Is it necessary or useful? If so, when? Is it right? Is it the main purpose of criminal justice, or does a criminal justice system have other more important purposes? Is it mainly necessary as a deterrent, or for its own sake? Is it merely institutionalised revenge? Who benefits from punishment? Who should benefit from punishment: the victim or their friends and family? the public? the state? the criminal themself? How should it be applied to children? I want to see what OT thinks, and how reactions to these questions relate one's nationality and culture and other political views.