The death penalty: beyond the smoke and mirrors

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University Press of America, 2006 - Social Science - 191 pages
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Capital punishment attracts strong and opposing moral positions: execution by the state under any condition is wrong versus execution as just retribution for heinous killing. Using evidence from legal history, this book rejects these moral arguments as a basis for determining the social value of the death penalty and considers the issue scientifically by determining whether capital punishment deters willful killing.

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The Interminable Debate Regarding the Death Penalty
The 45Year Study of the Death Penalty and Deterrence
Conceptual Lacunas in the Deterrence Evidence

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