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    #1

    and not to

    "Measures are used in exceptional cases where the perpetrator must be arrested for society’s protection and not to punish him."

    Is the above sentence correct? The last part sounds kind of odd to me, but I'm not sure it's actually wrong. "And not for the purpose of punishment" might be better.

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    Re: and not to

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "Measures are used in exceptional cases where the perpetrator must be arrested for society’s protection and not to punish him."

    Is the above sentence correct? The last part sounds kind of odd to me, but I'm not sure it's actually wrong. "And not for the purpose of punishment" might be better.

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    I like your alternative phrase.

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    Re: and not to

    I would have some doubts about a) the unqualified "measures" b) "arrested".

    Arrest is not in itself designed as a punishment; and a person who has been arrested for a crime is not usually automatically assumed to be the "perpetrator", except in some of the stranger corners of the world.

    Would "must be confined" suit your context?

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    #4

    Re: and not to

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    I would have some doubts about a) the unqualified "measures" b) "arrested".

    Arrest is not in itself designed as a punishment; and a person who has been arrested for a crime is not usually automatically assumed to be the "perpetrator", except in some of the stranger corners of the world.

    Would "must be confined" suit your context?

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    I didn't write the sentence; I'm just trying to make sense of it and, if need be, correct it. In Swiss criminal law, a distinction is made between "sentences" and "measures." If for whatever reason you'd like to know more, click on the link below.

    SR 311.0 Book One: General Provisions (Swiss Criminal Code)

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    Re: and not to

    I think you would be justified in changing "arrested" to "detained".

    You "arrest" someone to pursue your enquiries, not to punish them. On the other hand, detention may be a punishment.
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