Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe / Edition 1

Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe / Edition 1

by James Q. Whitman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019518260X

ISBN-13: 9780195182606

Pub. Date: 03/25/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Criminal punishment in America is harsh and degrading—more so than anywhere else in the liberal west. Executions and long prison 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

Overview

Criminal punishment in America is harsh and degrading—more so than anywhere else in the liberal west. Executions and long prison 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195182606
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/25/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Degradation, Harshness, and Mercy
2. Contemporary American Harshness: Rejecting Respect for Persons
3. Continental Dignity and Mildness
4. The Continental Abolition of Degradation
5. Low Status in the Anglo-American World
Conclusion: Two Revolutions of Status
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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