Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America

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The statistics are startling. Since 1973, America's imprisonment rate has multiplied over five times to become the highest in the world. More than two million inmates reside in state and federal prisons. What does this say about our attitudes toward criminals and punishment? What does it say about us? This book explores the cultural evolution of punishment practices in the United States. Anne-Marie Cusac first looks at punishment in the nation's early days, when Americans repudiated Old World cruelty toward criminals and ...

Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America 2010, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300168013

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Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America 2009, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300111743

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