SMNR: Mercy

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THU 1:35 - 3:33 pm ONLINE

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This course will be taught entirely online via Zoom.

In this Course, we will explore the concept of "mercy," paritcularly insofar as it refers to forgiveness and reduced punishment effectuated by law. We will cover moral theories of mercy, including the basic tenstion between mercy and retributive justice.  We will also study mercy-giving institutions in American law, including prosecutors, judges, juries, and various clemency arrangements. Among other things, there will be units on mass incarceration, the death penalty, and youth.   

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Crossed Over : A Murder, a Memoir *
Lowry, Beverly
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-0-375-71380-4
Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption *
Stevenson, Bryan
Random House Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8496-5


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