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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Tinto & Roberts on Compassion After COVID

Katie Tinto and Jenny Roberts (University of California, Irvine School of Law and American University - Washington College of Law) have posted Expanding Compassion Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic (Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2021) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Compassionate relief matters. It matters so that courts may account for tragically unforeseeable events, as when an illness or disability renders proper care impossible while a defendant remains incarcerated, or when family tragedy leaves an inmate the sole caretaker for an incapacitated partner or minor children. It matters too, as present circumstances make clear, when public-health calamities threaten inmates with literal death sentences. It matters even when no crisis looms, but simply when continued incarceration would be “greater than necessary” to achieve the ends of justice.

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