Capital Punishment: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2001 - Law - 369 pages
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Capital Punishment focuses on the use of the death penalty in the United States, its international status, and how foreign developments affect the country. It includes a history, a discussion of the controversies surrounding the death penalty, updated biographical sketches, and statistics. Key documents include the U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming capital punishment, a key dissent, Charles Dickens' 19th century view of the guillotine, and various papal and European Union decrees. It also includes a chronology, organizations, websites with further information, and an annotated bibliography.

In this updated survey, a thorough overview of capital punishment, author Michael Kronenwetter reveals interesting facts, for example, under Roman law, death was the penalty for publishing "insulting songs" and disturbing the city's peace.

 

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In keeping with the publisher's "Contemporary World Issues'' format, this handbook opens with an overview--practical, moral, and political--of capital punishment in the 1990s. This is followed by a ... Read full review

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Contents

Rev George Cheever 18071890
165
Newton M Curtis 18351910
167
George Mifflin Dallas 17921864
168
Clarence Darrow 18571938
169
JosephIgnace Guillotin 17381814
170
Rev Joe Ingle 1948
171
Jack Ketch ?1686
172
Lewis E Lawes 18831947
173

The American Colonies
15
The Early United States
16
Elsewhere
19
Conclusion
21
Problems and Controversies
25
The Question of Deterrence
26
Does the Death Penalty Encourage Crime?
30
Is the Death Penalty Needed to Protect Society from Those Who Would Kill Again?
33
Is LifewithoutthePossibilityofParole an Effective Alternative to the Death Penalty?
35
Does the Death Penalty Mean Fewer Convictions?
36
The Question of Cost
37
Does the Death Penalty Violate or Uphold the Sanctity of Human Life?
40
Is Death the Ultimate Punishment?
42
Hope
43
Private VengeancePublic Retribution
44
Questions of Fairness
47
Race
48
Underrepresented Groups
52
Shame and Excitementthe Publics Response
55
The Risk of Mistake
58
The Potential for Mercy
62
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
64
Brutalization
66
Executing the Incompetent
68
The Young
69
The Retarded
71
JudeoChristian Beliefs
72
The Political Question
75
Rehabilitation
76
Improved Law Enforcement
77
Summary
78
The International Perspective
87
Religious Influence on National and International Attitudes toward the Death Penalty
90
Legitimacy of the Death Penalty in the Modern World
95
Binding Treaties
97
Near Unanimity on the Execution of Juveniles
99
International Pressures
100
Chronology
107
People and Events
157
People
158
Cesare Beccaria 17381794
159
Hugo Adam Bedau 1926
161
Walter Berns 1919
162
Marvin H Bovee 18271888
163
Edward Livingston 17641836
174
Albert Pierrepoint 19051992
176
William Hubbs Rehnquist 1924
177
Sir Samuel Romilly 17571818
178
Dr Benjamin Rush 17451813
179
Harvey Schwartzchild 1926
180
Potter Stewart 19151985
181
Events
182
The Futile Struggle of Caryl Chessman 19201960
186
The Trial and Execution of Sacco and Vanzetti
188
Gary Mark Gilmore Gets His Wish 19401977
190
Facts and Statistics
193
Common Contemporary Methods of Execution
199
Hanging
200
Lethal Injection
201
Beheading or Decapitation
202
Burning
203
Peine forte et dure
204
Other Historical Methods
205
Tables and Figures
206
Documents
229
Excerpt from Pope John Paul IIs Encyclical Letter On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life
233
The US Supreme Court Allows the Resumption of Executions
237
A Justice Dissents
259
European Parliament Resolution on the Death Penalty
264
South Africa Abolishes the Death Penalty
267
The European Union Explains Its Views to a Friend
286
Organizations
295
Selected Oranizations Based Abroad
303
Print and Nonprint Resources
307
Pamphlets and Monographs
324
Print Articles and Reports
325
Videos
330
Selected General Information Web Sites
337
Abolitionist Web Sites
338
Selected Abolitionist Web Sites State Specific
340
Retentionist Web Sites
341
Selected Web Sites Devoted to Specific Cases or to Material by Inmates
342
Selected WebSite Articles and Essays
343
Glossary
347
Index
355
About the Author
369
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Michael Kronenwetter is a professional writer and the author of the first edition of ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Social Issues.

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