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Published: 30 July 2021

240 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198827825

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Normalizing Extreme Imprisonment

The Case of Life Without Parole in California

Marion Vannier

Clarendon Studies in Criminology

  • This book engages with two perspectives that are under-represented in academic writings; the practical experience of prisoners' and progressive penal policy reformers.
  • Argues that three mechanisms have made the cruelty of this punishment seem tolerable: its routinized use, the way it is described (forms of denial), and the political reactions to it (political invisibility).
  • Highlights the part progressive penal agents play in the normalization of certain punishments.

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