Just Revenge: Costs and Consequences of the Death Penalty

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1997 - Social Science - 206 pages
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Just Revenge: Costs and Consequences of the Death Penalty by Mark Costanzo offers an examination of the death penalty in America with an uncompromising look at how the system works. Weighing the social costs and benefits to American society and debunking the easy myths, Costanzo builds an important new model for understanding the politics behind the practice of capital punishment. The text offers a thought-provoking, historically grounded study supported by decades of research on the death penalty in America.
 

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A polemic maintaining that the death penalty is cruel and unfair, that it doesn't prevent crime, and that it can be replaced by a sentence of life without parole (LWOP). Although in his introduction ... Read full review

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With 3200 condemned prisoners on death rows and executions routine in 38 states, social psychologist Costanzo contends that it is time for this country to reconsider the cost and consequences of the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
From Trial to Executron Chamber
17
Is the Death Penalty Inhumane?
41
Is the Death Penally Cheaper Ihan life
59
Is Ihe Death Penalty Fairly Applied?
71
Does the Death Penalty Deter Potential
95
Does the Public Support the Death Penalty?
115
Is Killing Murderers Morally Justified?
129
The Politics and Future oF Killing Symbolism
151
Notes
171
Index
199
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About the author (1997)

Mark Costanzo is Professor of Psychology and co-director of the Center for Applied Psychological Research at Claremont McKenna College. He has published research on a variety of law-related topics including jury decision-making, sexual harassment, attorney argumentation, alternative dispute resolution, and the death penalty. He is author of JUST REVENGE: COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEATH PENALTY (St. Martin's Press,1997) and co-editor (with Stuart Oskamp) of VIOLENCE AND THE LAW (Sage Publications, 1994). Professor Costanzo has served as an expert witness and has appeared on national radio and television programs to discuss the applications of psychological science to the legal system. He serves on the editorial board of Law and Human Behavior and is co-organizer of the annual Claremont Symposium on Applied Psychology.

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