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The Life Sentence and Parole

32 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2012 Last revised: 9 Oct 2012

Diarmuid Griffin

School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway

Ian O'Donnell

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

Date Written: July 9, 2012

Abstract

Taking the life sentence as the new ‘ultimate penalty’ for many countries, this paper explores the factors associated with the release of life-sentence prisoners on parole. The Republic of Ireland is selected as a case study because it is in the unusual position of being influenced by European human rights norms as well as by the Anglo-American drive towards increased punitiveness. As an apparent outlier to both the human rights and punitive approaches, or perhaps as a hybrid of sorts, the relative impact of the two models can be elucidated. The article also provides an example of how small penal systems can be resistant to broader trends and the value of directing the criminological gaze upon countries where it seldom falls.

Keywords: prisoners, parole, life sentence, human rights, Ireland, punitiveness

Suggested Citation

Griffin, Diarmuid and O'Donnell, Ian, The Life Sentence and Parole (July 9, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2102824 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2102824

Diarmuid Griffin (Contact Author)

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Ian O'Donnell

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin ( email )

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Dublin 4
Ireland

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