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American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment
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American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment

Kevin R. Reitz


The idea of American exceptionalism has made frequent appearances in discussions of criminal justice policies—as it has in many other areas—to help portray or explain problems that are especially acute in the United States, including mass incarceration, retention of the death penalty, racial and ethnic disparities in punishment, and the War on Drugs. While scholars do not universally agree that it is an apt or useful framework, there is no question that the United States is an outlier compared with other industrialized democracies in its punitive and exclusionary criminal justice policies. Thi ... More

Keywords: American exceptionalism, criminal justice, mass incarceration, death penalty, racial disparity, ethnic disparity, War on Drugs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190203542
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190203542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin R. Reitz, editor
James Annenberg La Vea Land Grant Chair in Criminal Procedure Law, University of Minnesota

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