Life without Parole by Austin Sarat
America's New Death Penalty? (Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Series on Race and Justice)

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Is life without parole the perfect compromise to the death penalty? Or is it as ethically fraught as capital punishment? This comprehensive, interdisciplinary anthology treats life without parole as “the new death penalty.” Editors Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Austin Sarat bring together original work by prominent scholars in an effort to better understand the growth of life without parole and its social, cultural, political, and legal meanings. What justifies the turn to life imprisonment? How should we understand the fact that this penalty is used disproportionately against racial minorities? What are the most promising avenues for limiting, reforming, or eliminating life without parole sentences in the United States? Contributors explore the structure of life without parole sentences and the impact they have on prisoners, where the penalty fits in modern theories of punishment, and prospects for (as well as challenges to) reform.


About Austin Sarat

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Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Previous collaborations for NYU Press with Charles J. Ogletree include em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"From Lynch Mob
Published June 4, 2012 by NYU Press. 352 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Because of the elimination of parole in the federal government and some states, truth in sentencing laws and life sentences that span longer than a prisoner’s natural life, many life sentences are actually LWOP sentences.

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