Death of Punishment Searching for Justice among the Worst of the Worst

ISBN-10: 1137278560
ISBN-13: 9781137278562
Edition: 2013
Authors: Robert Blecker
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Description: A passionate and counterintuitive defense of the death penalty that asks us to reconsider punishment as the key to reforming our judicial systemFor twelve years Robert Blecker, a criminal law professor, wandered freely inside Lorton Central Prison,  More...

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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

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