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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Ttle Page, COpyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Lives on the Line: From Capital Punishment to Life without Parole
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part I: Life without Parole in Context
  1. 1. Mandatory Life and the Death of Equitable Discretion
  2. pp. 25-65
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  1. 2. Death-in-Prison Sentences: Overutilized and Underscrutinized
  2. pp. 66-95
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  1. 3. Creating the Permanent Prisoner
  2. pp. 96-137
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  1. 4. Life without Parole under Modern Theories of Punishment
  2. pp. 138-166
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  1. Part II: Prospects for Reform
  1. 5. Defending Life
  2. pp. 167-189
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  1. 6. Life without Parole and the Hope for Real Sentencing Reform
  2. pp. 190-226
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  1. 7. No Way Out? Life Sentences and the Politics of Penal Reform
  2. pp. 227-281
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  1. 8. Dignity and Risk: The Long Road from Graham v. Florida to Abolition of Life without Parole
  2. pp. 282-310
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 311-312
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-334
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