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NCJ Number: 142280 Find in a Library
Author(s): H A Bedau
Date Published: 1968
Page Count: 598
Sponsoring Agency: Aldine Publishing Co
Chicago, IL 60608
Sale Source: Aldine Publishing Co
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1323 West 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume, published in 1968, brings together a selection of essays on capital punishment, written by the partisans and authorities on both sides of the debate, available during that period.
Abstract: Following an overview of the history of capital punishment in British and American law and the movement for reform, a series of essays discusses the laws of capital punishment, the range of capital crimes, and the methods and rates of execution. Another section presents essays favoring capital punishment from a Christian perspective and for deterrence and public safety reasons. Essayists argue for the abolition of capital punishment on the basis of religion, failed deterrence, and unconstitutionality. The results of public opinion polls regarding the death penalty, as well as the surveyed attitudes of police officers and correctional wardens, are also discussed. Subsequent essays deal in more depth with the issues of deterrence, the impact of State laws abolishing capital punishment, and the criminal justice aspects of the death penalty. Finally, five essays present case studies focusing on different aspects of the matter. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Capital punishment
Index Term(s): Abolishment of capital punishment; Deterrence effectiveness; History of corrections; Religion; State laws
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