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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Capers: "Home Is Where the Crime Is"

I. Bennett Capers (Hofstra Univ. School of Law) has posted "Home is Where the Crime Is" (forthcoming Michigan Law Review) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

There is a new vision of home that is beginning to gain ascendance, at least from the point of view of legal actors and doctrine in the criminal justice system. Under this vision, home is not always, or even usually, “sweet.” Under this new vision, the home is not a safe haven, inviolate and inviolable except for, perhaps, a burglar. Under this new vision, the home is a place of violence. And not violence perpetrated by intruders, but by co-habitants. The home, notionally a site of security, a place “safe” from outside intervention, now functions as a place that enables abuse, assault, and rape. It is the exemplary place of coercion. The home, in this re-vision, has metastasized into the scene of the crime. In short, home has become “where the crime is.”

What are we to make of this shift in how the law perceives the home, and how we perceive the home? What are the collateral consequences of this shift? These are the questions Jeannie Suk takes up in her provocative At Home in the Law. This Review assesses Suk’s claims critically, turns to some of the collateral effects of this shift that Suk elides, and switches lens to reveal a larger, more troubling picture.


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I agree with the author 100%. The reality of home life for a large portion of Americans is that their home is where the violence is. This trend is troubling, but then again, it is a reality...if you do not believe me, just watch an episode of the Simpsons.

The reality of the Simpsons home life is that it rings a bell of truth for a lot of American citizens.

Posted by: Divorce Tulsa | Dec 25, 2010 10:45:00 PM

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