Life without Parole

9780814762479: Hardback
Release Date: 4th June 2012

9780814762486: Paperback
Release Date: 4th June 2012

9780814762493: PDF
Release Date: 4th June 2012

Dimensions: 153 x 229

Number of Pages: 352

Series The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Series on Race and Justice

NYU Press

Life without Parole

America's New Death Penalty?

Hardback / £73.00
Paperback / £22.99
PDF / £26.00

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.

Charles J.
Ogletree, Jr. is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Executive Director of
the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute
for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. He is the author of All
Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of
Education (WW Norton and Company, 2004) and Co-Author of From Lynch Mobs
to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America.

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 From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America (2006), When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarraiges of Justice (2009), and The Road to Abolition? The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States (2010).