Professor Bennett Capers' essay “Defending Life” was recently discussed by the open Society Institute - Baltimore. “Defending Life,” which appears in Life Without Parole: America's New Death Penalty? (2012), challenges death penalty opponents to rethink all extreme punishments, including life sentences. “We need to question... the collateral consequences to noncapital sentences as a result of the heightened scrutiny given to death penalty cases,” wrote Professor Capers.
In light of Maryland's upcoming vote to abolish the capital punishment, the Open Society Institute praised Life Without Parole, and especially “Defending Life,” as a keen examination of the relationship between the death penalty and the increasing trend of life without parole sentences in the U.S.
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