Historical Modes of Perpetual Penal Confinement: Theories and Practices before Life Without Parole

@article{Seeds2019HistoricalMO,
  title={Historical Modes of Perpetual Penal Confinement: Theories and Practices before Life Without Parole},
  author={Christopher Seeds},
  journal={Law \& Social Inquiry},
  year={2019},
  volume={44},
  pages={305 - 332}
}
Scholars now recognize life imprisonment without parole (LWOP) as a defining feature of contemporary American punishment. As LWOP becomes topical, it draws attention to a significant, more general phenomenon: the growth of state-sanctioned policies and practices by which prisoners face the remainder of their lives in prison. This article seeks to expand perspectives on contemporary punishment by looking closely at how lifetime incarceration took shape historically in different political… Expand
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