The November/December resolution for 2010 invites us to contrast a public health approach to a criminal justice approach to illegal drug abuse. One of the most fruitful ways to address the conflict is through the lens of retributive justice.
I haven't sketched out an entire position for each side--I'm too busy helping my debate team figure out their cases--but I do have time to post some links to previous writing on the subject. Enjoy.
1. Gerard Bradley's take on punishment as a way of maintaining "equal legal liberty for all."
2. Sharon Dolovich's Rawlsian perspective arrives at a similar destination by a different route.
3. There's more than one kind of retributivism, mind you.
4. A while back I wrote a case about plea bargaining that employed several good retributive arguments.
5. On the other hand, how about a virtue ethics approach?