Criminal Justice Research Centre

CJRC Seminar - all welcome

B55 Law & Social Sciences Building
Monday 7th November 2022 (13:00-14:00)
All welcome to attend.

CJRC Seminar hosting author, Christopher Seeds, to discuss his new book which has just been published. Christopher will give a presentation and share findings from the book, followed by Q&A with the audience. 

Author - Christopher Seeds, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

Book title - ''Death by Prison: The Emergence of Life without Parole and Perpetual Confinement''link - Death by Prison by Christopher Seeds - Paperback - University of California Press (


In recent decades, life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (LWOP) has developed into a distinctive penal form in the United States, one firmly entrenched in US policy-making, judicial and prosecutorial decision-making, correctional practice, and public discourse. LWOP is now a routine practice, but how it came to be so remains in question. Fifty years ago, imprisonment of a person until death was an extraordinary punishment; today, it accounts for the sentences of an increasing number of prisoners in the United States. What explains the shifts in penal practice and social imagination by which we have become accustomed to imprisoning people until death without any reevaluation or expectation of release? Combining a wide historical lens with detailed state- and institutional-level research, Death by Prison offers a provocative new foundation for questioning this deeply problematic practice that has escaped close scrutiny for too long.

Criminal Justice Research Centre

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