Courts have started to consider whole life sentences without the possibility of parole to be in breach of the prohibition on inhuman and degrading punishment. But what about ordinary prison sentences?
Dr Mary Rogan, Head of Law at Dublin Institute of Technology and Chair of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, explores some significant recent court decisions and the potential of the concept of gross disproportionality to be a powerful tool to challenge the overuse of imprisonment and penal excess carried out by states all over the world.
This is the fourth in a series of expert blogs commissioned by PRI to examine some of the most interesting trends and pressing challenges in criminal justice and penal reform. The series marks PRI’s 25th anniversary year and will run from May 2014 to the United Nations Crime Congress in April 2015. Read a text version of this blog.
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