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Life imprisonment : a global human rights analysis

Author
Van Zyl Smit, Dirk, author.
Title
Life imprisonment : a global human rights analysis / Dirk van Zyl Smit, Catherine Appleton.
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019.
©2019
Description
xvi, 447 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Other contributors
Appleton, Catherine, author.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Debating life
  • Describing life
  • Prevalence of life
  • Exempt from life
  • Offenses that carry life
  • Imposing life
  • Doing life
  • Implementing life well
  • Release from life
  • Life after life
  • Rethinking life
  • Appendix A: Formal sentences of life imprisonment
  • Appendix B: Numbers of life-sentenced prisoners
  • Appendix C: Persons serving formal life sentences by offense.
Summary
Life imprisonment has replaced capital punishment as the most common sentence imposed for heinous crimes worldwide. As a consequence, it has become the leading issue in international criminal justice reform. In the first global survey of prisoners serving life terms, Dirk van Zyl Smit and Catherine Appleton argue for a human rights-based reappraisal of this exceptionally harsh punishment. The authors estimate that nearly half a million people face life behind bars, and the number is growing as jurisdictions both abolish death sentences and impose life sentences more freely for crimes that would never have attracted capital punishment. Life Imprisonment explores this trend through systematic data collection and legal analysis, persuasively illustrated by detailed maps, charts, tables, and comprehensive statistical appendices. The central question--can life sentences be just?--is straightforward, but the answer is complicated by the vast range of penal practices that fall under the umbrella of life imprisonment. Van Zyl Smit and Appleton contend that life imprisonment without possibility of parole can never be just. While they have some sympathy for the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, they conclude that life imprisonment, in many of the ways it is implemented worldwide, infringes on the requirements of justice. They also examine the outliers--states that have no life imprisonment--to highlight the possibility of abolishing life sentences entirely. Life Imprisonment is an incomparable resource for lawyers, lawmakers, criminologists, policy scholars, and penal-reform advocates concerned with balancing justice and public safety.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject headings
Life imprisonment.
ISBN
9780674980662 hardcover alkaline paper
0674980662 hardcover alkaline paper

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Library
Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
K5105.5 .V36 2019
Location
Columbus Library - New Book Area
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Indpls - Ruth Lilly Law Library
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Kokomo Library
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