Expanding Compassion Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

30 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2021 Last revised: 3 Sep 2021

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Katie Tinto

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Jenny Roberts

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: August 30, 2021

Abstract

Compassionate relief matters. It matters so that courts may account for tragically unforeseeable events, as when an illness or disability renders proper care impossible while a defendant remains incarcerated, or when family tragedy leaves an inmate the sole caretaker for an incapacitated partner or minor children. It matters too, as present circumstances make clear, when public-health calamities threaten inmates with literal death sentences. It matters even when no crisis looms, but simply when continued incarceration would be “greater than necessary” to achieve the ends of justice.

Suggested Citation

Tinto, Katie and Roberts, Jenny, Expanding Compassion Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic (August 30, 2021). Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2021, UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2021-45, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2021-19, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3914251

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Jenny Roberts

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