Posts Tagged 'Punishment'

Jeffries to address ‘oversentencing’ in U.S. justice system

Jeffries to address ‘oversentencing’ in U.S. justice system

The United States currently incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, according to the Population Reference Bureau. John C. Jeffries Jr., today’s morning lecturer, will propose ways to combat a prison system that often “oversentences and overpunishes.”

Jeffries is a professor of law who specializes in civil rights, criminal and constitutional law. He was dean of the University of Virginia School of Law from 2001 to 2008, and he currently serves as the school’s David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law. Jeffries’ take on crime and punishment at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater will address a prison sentencing system that needs to be “reassessed.”

Chautauquan, retired judge Rocker writes legal, philosophical thriller

Chautauquan, retired judge Rocker writes legal, philosophical thriller

Linda Rocker’s first novel, Punishment: A Legal Thriller, begins with a bang.

“The book opens with a bombing,” Rocker said, which shakes the West Palm Beach courthouse where much of the book’s plot takes place.

After enrolling in a writing course at Chautauqua, Rocker took the chapters she had begun in Cleveland and began crafting them into a book, which will be the first of a trilogy.

“I suddenly realized that I had a lot to say, and I could say it through character,” she said. “Without Chautauqua, I’m not sure I ever would have finished this book.”

The book is for sale in the Chautauqua Bookstore, and Rocker will sign copies today from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the Author’s Alcove, celebrating the Institution that gave her the gift of time and place to write her novel about legal intrigue, coming of age and the morality of punishment.