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Conclusion: 1974 and Beyond

Theodore Hamm

in Rebel and a Cause

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520224278
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224278.003.0007
Conclusion: 1974 and Beyond

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Caryl Chessman's case left an instructive if not diverse legacy. No rehabilitative ideal could be endorsed easily by criminal justice activists, and prisoners, especially after the growing prisoners' movement of the late 1960s exposed its fundamental flaws. For the New Left in the Bay Area, the contradiction between official rhetoric and practice on liberal politics simply did the right thing. In connection with the death penalty, during the late 1990s, New Democrats continued to polish off the American welfare state, and usage of the death penalty was at its highest point in the nation's history.

Keywords: New Democrats; death penalty; politics; criminal justice; prisoners' movement

Chapter.  2815 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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