Qualities of Mercy: Justice, Punishment, and Discretion

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Qualities of Mercy deals with the history of mercy, the
remittance of punishments in the criminal law. The writers probe the
discretionary use of power and inquire how it has been exercised to
spare convicted criminals from the full might of the law. Drawing on
the history of England, Canada, and Australia in periods when both
capital and corporal punishment were still practised, they show that
contrary to common assumptions the past was not a time of unmitigated
terror and they ask what inspired restraint in punishment. They
conclude that the ability to decide who lived and died -- through the
exercise or denial of mercy -- reinforced the power structure.

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This thought-provoking and well-written book will be of particular interest to students of law, sociology, public policy, and criminal justice administration. -- Anna Leslie * Canadian Book Review Annual *

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Carolyn Strange teaches at the Centre of Criminology
at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Toronto's
Girl Problem: The Perils and Pleasures of the City, 1880-1930.


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