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The Baron and the Marquis : liberty, tyranny, and the Enlightenment maxim that can remake American criminal justice

Author: John D Bessler
Publisher: Durham, North Carolina : Carolina Academic Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"[This book] explores the history of the maxim that articulates what is now known as the parsimony principle. That maxim shaped the American and French Revolutions, and it set the dividing line between tyranny and liberty. Jefferson believed only absolute necessity justified punishment, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) similarly allowed only strictly and obviously necessary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John D Bessler
ISBN: 9781531013059 1531013058
OCLC Number: 1054262816
Description: xlix, 539 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Enlightened minds : Baron de Montesquieu and the Marquis Beccaria --
Blackstone, Bentham, and beyond : proportionality and the tyranny of unnecessary punishments --
America's founders and framers : disproportionate punishments and the necessity-for-punishment maxim --
The parsimony principle : the sentencing guidelines and the French connection --
"Evolving standards of decency" : the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment --
The times they are a-changin' : unusual punishments and the shifting nature of necessity --
American criminal justice and needless severity : the death penalty, solitary confinement, and non-violent offenders --
With liberty and justice for all : bail reform and the cruelty of unnecessary punishments.
Other Titles: Baron & the Marquis
Responsibility: John D. Bessler.

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"[This book] explores the history of the maxim that articulates what is now known as the parsimony principle. That maxim shaped the American and French Revolutions, and it set the dividing line between tyranny and liberty. Jefferson believed only absolute necessity justified punishment, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) similarly allowed only strictly and obviously necessary punishments.[This book] shows the maxim's modern-day implications for capital punishment, prolonged solitary confinement, and mass incarceration, arguing that unnecessary punishments are excessive and cruel and unusual."--

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