The Death Penalty

The Death Penalty : America's Experience with Capital Punishment

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This book addresses one of the most controversial issues in the criminal justice system today-the death penalty. Paternoster et al. present a balanced perspective that focuses on both the arguments for and against capital punishment. Coverage draws on legal, historical, philosophical, economic, sociological, and religious points of view. Topics include: * The history of the death penalty in the United States, from the 1600s to today * The changing nature of the death penalty-changes in the types of crimes that warranted the penalty, the procedures employed to put capital offenders on trial, and the methods used to impose death * Constitutional/legal issues surrounding the death penalty * The influence of race on the administration of the death penalty, both in the past and in the present * Justifications for and against the death penalty (retribution, cost, public safety, and religious arguments) * Questions about the execution of innocents, exonerated capital offenders, and flaws in the operation of the death penalty * Public opinion and the death penalty * The death penalty and international law and practice * The future of the death penalty in Americashow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 10mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195332423
  • 9780195332421

About Raymond Paternoster

Raymond Paternoster is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Office of Academic Computing Services at the University of Maryland. Robert Brame is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina. Sarah Bacon is Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.show more

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All salient issues and elements of the death penalty debate are thoroughly and carefully presented. The book is comprehensive, timely, engaging, accessible, accurate, and well written. * John Cochran, University of South Florida *show more

Table of contents

PART I: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES; CHAPTER 1. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE EARLY PERIOD: 1608-1929; CHAPTER 2. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE PRE-MODERN PERIOD: 1930-1967; CHAPTER 3. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE MODERN PERIOD: 1977-PRESENT; PART II: LEGAL HISTORY, CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS, AND COMMON JUSTIFICATIONS FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES; CHAPTER 4. A BRIEF LEGAL HISTORY OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES; CHAPTER 5. CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES; CHAPTER 6. COMMON JUSTIFICATIONS FOR THE DEATH PENALTY; PART III: THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEATH PENALTY: ISSUES OF RACE AND HUMAN FALLIBILITY; CHAPTER 7. RACE, THE LAW, AND PUNISHMENT; CHAPTER 8. RACE AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT; CHAPTER 9. PROBLEMS IN ADMINISTERING THE DEATH PENALTY; PART IV: WHAT'S TO COME OF THE DEATH PENALTY; CHAPTER 10. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN AMERICA'S FUTUREshow more

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