Law & Disorder

Death by Prison – Examining Life Without the Possibility of Parole Sentencing

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. We speak with Christopher Seeds, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine, whose latest book is called Death By Prison: The Emergence of Life without Parole and Perpetual Confinement.

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Our Resistance in Residence Artist this week is poet, poverty scholar, activist, author, organizer, daughter of Dee, and a co-founder of both Poor Poets and homefulness, Lisa Tiny Gray Garcia. Check out Tiny’s website:


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