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Death by Prison: The Emergence of Life without Parole and Perpetual Confinement (Paperback)

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In recent decades, life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (LWOP) has developed into a distinctive penal form in the United States, one firmly entrenched in US policy-making, judicial and prosecutorial decision-making, correctional practice, and public discourse. LWOP is now a routine practice, but how it came to be so remains in question. Fifty years ago, imprisonment of a person until death was an extraordinary punishment; today, it accounts for the sentences of an increasing number of prisoners in the United States. What explains the shifts in penal practice and social imagination by which we have become accustomed to imprisoning people until death without any reevaluation or expectation of release? Combining a wide historical lens with detailed state- and institutional-level research, Death by Prison offers a provocative new foundation for questioning this deeply problematic practice that has escaped close scrutiny for too long.

About the Author

Christopher Seeds is Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

Praise For…

"Seeds does a masterful job of busting the myth of how [life without parole] replaced the death penalty."
— Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

"Christopher Seeds’ Death by Prison is a comprehensive and compelling origin story of a sentence that is a crime against human decency. . . . This book is essential reading for all students of crime and punishment."

— Social Forces

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520379985
ISBN-10: 0520379985
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: July 12th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English