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Discretionary Justice: Pardon and Parole in New York from the Revolution to the Depression

Carolyn Strange


The pardon is an act of mercy, tied to the divine right of kings. Why did New York retain this mode of discretionary justice after the Revolution? And how did the advent of the penitentiary and the introduction of parole transform governors’ use of their prerogative? This book answers these questions by mining previously unexplored evidence held in official pardon registers, clemency case files, reports of prisoner aid associations, and parole hearing records. This is the first work of history to analyze mercy and parole through the same lens, as related but distinct forms of discretionary dec ... More

Keywords: pardon, mercy, parole, criminal justice, New York

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479899920
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479899920.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Strange, author
Australian National University