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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide between America and Europe (eBook)

ISBN13: 9780199882540
ISBN: 019518260X
Published: May 2005
Country of Publication: USA
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Criminal punishment in America is harsh and degrading - more so than anywhere else in the liberal west. Executions and long prision terms are commonplace in America. Countries like France and Germany, by contrast, are systematically mild. European offenders are rarely sent to prison, and when they are, they serve far shorter terms than their American counterparts. Why is America so comparatively harsh?

In this novel work of comparative legal history, James Whitman argues that the answer lies in America's triumphant embrace of a non-hierarchical social system and distrust of state power which have contributed to a law of punishment that is more willing to degrade offenders.

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