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NCJ Number: 135755 Find in a Library
Title: Symposium on the Death Penalty: Perspectives on the Past and Future in New York State
Journal: Albany Law Review  Volume:54  Issue:3/4  Dated:(1990)  Pages:479-861
Editor(s): T C Wyckoff
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 383
Type: Conference Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Ten papers from a symposium on issues associated with the debate on a death penalty bill in New York State address philosophical perspectives, legal and historical perspectives, and empirical perspectives.
Abstract: One paper on philosophical perspectives on capital punishment proposes an alternative sanction to the death penalty and life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for persons convicted of first-degree murder. Another paper on philosophical perspectives profiles the debate over the death penalty as a controversy over social values. A third paper on philosophical perspectives argues for capital punishment as a necessary component to promote retributive justice and deterrence for heinous crimes. A paper on legal and historical perspectives reviews the history of capital punishment legislation in New York State and explains and assesses recent capital-punishment bills that have been vetoed by Governor Cuomo. Other papers on legal and historical perspectives present a 35-year perspective on the debate over capital punishment in New York State and a discussion of a legislative provision that would exclude juveniles from death penalty sentences. Four papers present the results of empirical studies pertinent to death-penalty issues in New York State. They address the impact of capital punishment on the rate of noncapital crimes, disparity in the processing of capital cases in New Jersey, public opinion on the death penalty in New York State, and the assessment of nondangerousness as a mitigating factor in sentencing in capital cases.
Main Term(s): Capital punishment; New York
Index Term(s): Abolishment of capital punishment; Juvenile capital punishment; Legislation; Life sentences; Public Opinion of Corrections; Sentencing disparity; Sentencing factors
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