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Harsh Justice
By James Q. Whitman

Harsh Justice

Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe

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Harsh Justice by James Q. Whitman

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  • Winner of American Society of Criminology Award 2004.

Book Description

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195182606
ISBN-10: 019518260X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James Q. Whitman

James Q. Whitman is Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale University. He has taught at Stanford and Harvard Law Schools and was trained as a historian at the University of Chicago before taking his law degree at Yale.

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