Capital Punishment in America: A Balanced Examination

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Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Feb 28, 2011 - Law - 575 pages
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This revised and updated Second Edition is an innovative, balanced, and comprehensive overview of capital punishment. It offers an unbiased examination of the death penalty, supported by statistics and Supreme Court cases, and followed by pro and con discussions. The book addresses every major issue relating to the death penalty including deterrence, racial impact, arbitrariness, its use on special populations, and methods of execution. Designed for the undergraduate and graduate level courses on the death penalty and capital punishment, and even ethics and law, this text challenges students to evaluate their beliefs and assumptions on each of the various issues surrounding this controversial subject. Each chapter begins with a primer of the issue to be discussed, followed by the data and critical documents necessary to make an educated assessment, and concludes with essays that offer differing viewpoints by some of the best minds in the country. New Material added to the Second Edition: *NEW updated data on deterrence *NEW data and articles on brutalization and cost *NEW cases and articles on the death penalty for juveniles *NEW case and articles on the death penalty for raping a child *NEW chapter on methods of execution
 

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a powerful and important message about the costs and ineffectiveness of capital punishment in America, one of the final countries today that still uses the death penalty, although the Constitution, the document our country is based upon, denies it. Great book. Cheers

Contents

Part I Moral Considerations
1
Retribution
3
Religion
17
Deterrence
31
Brutalization
57
Incapacitation
65
Cost
85
Innocence
105
Race
315
Victim Impact Evidence
355
Capital Juries
379
Sentencing Alternatives
403
Trial Counsel
425
Habeas Corpus and the Role of Innocence
443
Issues of Application
465
Appellate Delay
467

Constitutional Considerations
131
Arbitrariness
135
Mitigating Evidence
195
Rape and Proportionality
217
FelonyMurder
235
Juveniles
259
The Mentally Retarded
283
The Insane
301
Methods of Execution
481
Televised Executions
495
Clemency
505
The Moratorium Movement
519
International Law and American Exceptionalism
529
The Future of the Death Penalty in the United States
549
Index
561
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