The Challenge of a Suitable Replacement
This chapter considers what penalty or penalties might be available to replace capital punishment if the death penalty is to be abolished completely even for the worst crimes. It looks at the moral, humane, and practical objections to the penalty of lifetime imprisonment without the option of release on parole. It argues that sentences of life imprisonment which from the outset preclude any possibility of parole are not only inhumane, but also unnecessary and counter-productive. These sentences raise many of the human rights issues that have been at the heart of the attack on the death penalty itself. The chapter concludes that they too should be abolished.
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