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The Baron and the Marquis

Liberty, Tyranny, and the Enlightenment Maxim That Can Remake American Criminal Justice

John D. Bessler
eISBN-13: 9781531013066

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The Baron and the Marquis explores the history of the maxim that articulates what is now known as the parsimony principle. That maxim shaped the American and French Revolutions, and it set the dividing line between tyranny and liberty. Jefferson believed only absolute necessity justified punishment, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) similarly allowed only strictly and obviously necessary punishments. In The Baron and the Marquis, award-winning author John Bessler shows the maxims modern-day implications for capital punishment, prolonged solitary confinement, and mass incarceration, arguing that unnecessary punishments are excessive and cruel and unusual.

Sold By Carolina Academic Press
ISBNs 1531013058, 9781531013059, 1531013066, 9781531013066
Publish Year 2019
Language English
Number of Pages 540

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