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Inferno : an Anatomy of American Punishment

Author: Robert A Ferguson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [2014] ©2014
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Robert Ferguson diagnoses all parts of a now massive, out-of-control punishment regime. He reveals the veiled pleasure behind the impulse to punish (which confuses our thinking about the purpose of punishment), explains why over time all punishment regimes impose greater levels of punishment than originally intended, and traces a disturbing gap between our ability to quantify pain and the precision with which  Read more...
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Ferguson, Robert A., 1942-
Inferno : an anatomy of American punishment.
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, ©2014
xi, 337 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Ferguson
ISBN: 9780674369931 0674369939
OCLC Number: 979627359
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (352 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction The Intractable Problem --
1. Punishment Misunderstood --
2. The Rachet Effect in Theory --
3. The Mixed Signs in Suffering --
4. The Legal Punishers --
5. The Legally Punished --
6. The Punitive Impulse in American Society --
7. The Law against Itself --
Coda The Psychology of Punishment --
Notes --
Cases Cited --
Further Reading --
Credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Robert A. Ferguson.
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