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Griffin, D. and O'Donnell, I.
British Journal Of Criminology
The Life Sentence and Parole
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prisoners parole life sentence human rights Ireland punitiveness
Taking the life sentence as the new ‘ultimate penalty’ for many countries, this paper explores thefactors associated with the release of life-sentence prisoners on parole. The Republic of Ireland isselected as a case study because it is in the unusual position of being influenced by European humanrights norms as well as by the Anglo-American drive towards increased punitiveness. As an apparentoutlier to both the human rights and punitive approaches, or perhaps as a hybrid of sorts, the relativeimpact of the two models can be elucidated. The article also provides an example of how small penalsystems can be resistant to broader trends and the value of directing the criminological gaze uponcountries where it seldom falls.
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