The central questioncan life sentences be just?is straightforward, but the answer is complicated by the vast range of penal practices that fall under the umbrella of life imprisonment. Van Zyl Smit and Appleton contend that life imprisonment without possibility of parole can never be just. While they have some sympathy for the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, they conclude that life imprisonment, in many of the ways it is implemented worldwide, infringes on the requirements of justice. They also examine the outliersstates that have no life imprisonmentto highlight the possibility of abolishing life sentences entirely.
Life Imprisonment is an incomparable resource for lawyers, lawmakers, criminologists, policy scholars, and penal-reform advocates concerned with balancing justice and public safety.
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About the Author
Catherine Appleton is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham.
Table of Contents
1 Debating Life 1
2 Describing Life 35
3 Prevalence of Life 86
4 Exempt from Life 104
5 Offenses That Carry Life 126
6 Imposing Life 145
7 Doing Life 169
8 Implementing Life Well 205
9 Release from Life 234
10 Life after Life 274
11 Rethinking Life 297
Appendix A Formal Sentences of Life Imprisonment 327
Appendix B Numbers of Life-Sentenced Prisoners 339
Appendix C Persons Serving Formal Life Sentences by Offense 349