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The paradoxical status of ‘life without parole’

Jonathan Simon, professor of law | September 15, 2011

The New York Times earlier this week published a strong editorial criticizing America’s increasing use and abuse of life without parole (LWOP) sentences (read it here). The use of such sentences was largely unknown in the past and remains rare outside the US. Even murderers who did not get the death penalty could be virtually … Continue reading »

Whither the War on Crime? How to respond (and not respond) to January’s string of outrageous murders and attempted murders

Jonathan Simon, professor of law | January 31, 2011

In case anyone has been hiking in desert for the month of January, we are the midst of a wave of frightening murders and attempted murders, including the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford in Tucson, and in the same incident the murder of a federal judge and three other victims (including a 9-year-old girl) … Continue reading »