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The Death of Punishment - Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst (Electronic book text)
The Death of Punishment - Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst (Electronic book text): Robert Blecker

The Death of Punishment - Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst (Electronic book text)

Robert Blecker

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A passionate and counterintuitive defense of the death penalty that asks us to reconsider punishment as the key to reforming our judicial system

For twelve years Robert Blecker, a criminal law professor, wandered freely inside Lorton Central Prison, armed only with cigarettes and a tape recorder. "The Death of Punishment" tests legal philosophy against the reality and wisdom of street criminals and their guards. Some killers' poignant circumstances should lead us to mercy; others show clearly why they should die. After thousands of hours over twenty-five years inside maximum security prisons and on death rows in seven states, the history and philosophy professor exposes the perversity of justice: Inside prison, ironically, it's nobody's job to punish. Thus the worst criminals often live the best lives.

The Death of Punishment challenges the reader to refine deeply held beliefs on life and death as punishment that flare up with every news story of a heinous crime. It argues that society must redesign life and death in prison to make the punishment more nearly fit the crime. It closes with the final irony: If we make prison the punishment it should be, we may well abolish the very death penalty justice now requires.


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Imprint: St Martin's Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: November 2013
Authors: Robert Blecker
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 978-1-137-38133-0
Categories: Books > Law
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Law > Laws of other jurisdictions & general law
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology
Books > Law > Laws of other jurisdictions & general law > Courts & procedure
Books > Law > Laws of other jurisdictions & general law > Criminal law
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Penology & punishment
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Penology & punishment > General
LSN: 1-137-38133-7
Barcode: 9781137381330

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