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Privilege or Punish: Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties

Dan Markel, Jennifer M. Collins, and Ethan J. Leib


This book answers two basic but under-appreciated questions: first, how does the American criminal justice system address a defendant's family status? And, second, how should a defendant's family status be recognized, if at all, in a criminal justice system situated within a liberal democracy committed to egalitarian principles of non-discrimination? After surveying the variety of “family ties benefits” and “family ties burdens” in our criminal justice system, the book explains why policymakers and courts should view with caution and indeed skepticism any attempt to distribute these benefits o ... More

Keywords: criminal justice system, non-discrimination, family ties, punishment, family status

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195380064
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380064.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Markel, author

Jennifer M. Collins, author

Ethan J. Leib, author