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NCJ Number: 152515 Find in a Library
Title: Death Penalty in the United States
Journal: Journal of Social Issues  Volume:50  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (Summer 1994)  Pages:complete issue
Editor(s): M Costanzo; L T White
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 199
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This special journal issue generally examines the death penalty in context and the capital sentencing trial and specifically focuses on public views of the death penalty, the deterrence effect of capital punishment, the U.S. Supreme Court response to capital punishment, and sources of bias in the capital sentencing trial.
Abstract: The first section of the journal on the death penalty in context contains four articles. The first article provides an overview of the death penalty and capital trials, while the second article considers public attitudes toward the death penalty. The other two articles discuss capital punishment and deterrence and the U.S. Supreme Court's response to social science research on capital punishment. The second section of the journal on the capital sentencing trial includes three articles that deal with sources of bias and arbitrariness in the capital trial, attorney persuasion in the capital penalty phase, and the jurisprudence of death. A concluding journal section presents empirical evidence on the death penalty and notes questions that need to be addressed in future research on capital punishment. References, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Corrections effectiveness; Death row inmates; Deterrence effectiveness; Discrimination; Jurisprudence; Public Opinion of Crime; US Supreme Court decisions
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