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Beyond Punishment?: A Normative Account of the Collateral Legal Consequences of Conviction

Beyond Punishment?: A Normative Account of the Collateral Legal Consequences of Conviction (Hardback)

By Hoskins, Zachary

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In Beyond Punishment?, Zachary Hoskins offers a philosophical examination of the collateral legal consequences of conviction. Considering how pervasive collateral restrictions have become and the dramatic effects such restrictions have on offenders' lives, Hoskins examines whethe... read full description below.

ISBN 9780199389230
Barcode 9780199389230
Published 6 May 2019 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Hardback
Series Studies in Penal Theory and Philosophy
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ISBN-13 9780199389230
ISBN-10 0199389233
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Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Publication Date 6 May 2019
International Publication Date 22 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hoskins, Zachary
Series Studies in Penal Theory and Philosophy
Category Social & Political Philosophy
Crime & Criminology
Penology & Punishment
Jurisprudence & General Issues
Courts & Procedure
Criminal Law
Number of Pages 264
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 238mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 482g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Punishment - Philosophy, Ex-convicts - Legal status, laws, etc, Political rights, Loss of
NBS Text Philosophy
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 364.601
Catalogue Code 990515

Description of this Book

People convicted of crimes are subject to a criminal sentence, but they also face a host of other restrictive legal measures: Some are denied access to jobs, housing, welfare, the vote, or other goods. Some may be deported, may be subjected to continued detention, or may have their criminal records made publicly accessible. These measures are often more burdensome than the formal sentence itself. In Beyond Punishment?, Zachary Hoskins offers a philosophical examination of these burdensome legal measures, called collateral legal consequences. Drawing on resources in moral, legal, and political philosophy, Hoskins analyzes the various kinds of collateral consequences imposed in different legal systems and the important moral challenges they raise. Can collateral legal consequences ever be justified as forms of criminal punishment or as civil measures? Hoskins contends that, considered as forms of punishment, such restrictions should be constrained by considerations of proportionality and offender reform. He also argues that they may in a limited range of cases be permissible as risk-reductive civil measures. Whether considered as criminal punishment or civil measures, however, collateral legal consequences are justifiable in a far narrower range of cases than we find in current legal practice. Considering just how pervasive collateral legal consequences have become and their dramatic effects on offenders' lives, Beyond Punishment? sheds valuable light on whether these restrictive measures are ever morally justified.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Love them or hate them, collateral legal consequences are among the most significant and distinctive features of the U.S. justice system: By an order of magnitude, they affect more people than the combined number in prison or jail, and on probation or parole, and they are harsher and more numerous than in any other democracy. This rigorous, careful work analyzes the justification and legitimacy of collateral legal consequences, and makes a compelling case for reform. This book is indispensable reading for those interested in the justice system, scholars and policymakers alike. -Gabriel J. Chin, Edward L. Barrett Chair & Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law Every legal philosopher should be concerned about the fact that criminal offenders suffer a wide range of negative consequences after their official punishments have been served. Hoskins has produced the first book to describe these consequences and to assess whether they can be justified. This is an important and original achievement I enthusiastically recommend to every philosopher of criminal law. -Douglas Husak, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University Hoskins' book offers the first, systematic philosophical treatment of the many issues raised by our tendency to impose burdensome measures on criminal offenders over and above the official sentences handed down to them for their crimes. Given its many virtues, Hoskins' book should be the starting point for all future discussion and analysis of those issues. It is impressive in scope, fully immersed in and responsive to the empirical, legal, and philosophical literature on collateral consequences, careful to draw relevant distinctions among the issues, and subtle in its analysis of them. It is a first-rate example of philosophical thinking brought to bear on an important public policy matter. -Richard Lippke, Indiana University A criminal conviction can bring a host of collateral legal consequences - voting and employment restrictions, loss of access to housing, to welfare, and so on - that are too often ignored by penal theorists. Hoskins' Beyond Punishment is the first systematic attempt to address the question of whether such consequences are morally justifiable. It will define the debate for the foreseeable future. -Matt Matravers, Professor of Law, University of York

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Author's Bio

Zachary Hoskins is Assistant Professor in philosophy at the University of Nottingham. He writes about issues in moral, legal, and political philosophy, especially about normative questions raised by the criminal law and punishment. He has co-edited two books and written more than 20 articles.

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