Hope for murderers? Lifelong incarceration in Canada

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dc.contributor.author Spencer, Matthew Derek
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-22T23:24:50Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-11-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7632
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the issue of lifelong incarceration in the Canadian context. Lifelong incarceration, defined as a criminal sentence which forecloses hope of prospective release from its outset, is a new sentencing option in Canada, only possible after legislative amendments enacted in 2011. Sentencing for murder in Canada is examined from a historical and comparative point of view to contextualize the issue of lifelong incarceration. An interdisciplinary approach is also used, drawing on the field of psychology to explore the meaning and importance of hope. I argue that all sentences in Canada should leave an offender with hope of prospective release. My argument situates hope within the principles of sentencing law codified in s. 718 of the Criminal Code as well as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Lifelong incarceration en_US
dc.title Hope for murderers? Lifelong incarceration in Canada en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Ferguson, Gerry A.
dc.contributor.supervisor Brimacombe, C. A. Elizabeth
dc.degree.department Faculty of Law en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Laws LL.M en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2017-10-31

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