Sentencing in Time

Sentencing in Time (Amherst College Press 2017)

Posted: 2 Apr 2018

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Linda Ross Meyer

Quinnipiac University School of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2017

Abstract

This extended essay reflects on how our failure to understand and imagine time creates two sorts of injustice in sentencing: imagining time as a quantity leads to sentencing that ignores duration and human mortality; imagining time as immediate experience leads to sentencing that ignores the possibility of change. We should take care to understand that to be human is to act through time, not to subsist in time, and therefore sentences should be measured in deeds, not years.

Note: This essay is free and publicly available at Amherst College Press.

Keywords: sentencing, time, criminal law, philosophy of law, restorative justice

JEL Classification: K14, K10, K40

Suggested Citation

Meyer, Linda R., Sentencing in Time (December 1, 2017). Sentencing in Time (Amherst College Press 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3151956

Linda R. Meyer (Contact Author)

Quinnipiac University School of Law ( email )

275 Mt. Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
United States
203-287-3281 (Phone)
203-287-3209 (Fax)

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