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NCJ Number: 153762 Find in a Library
Title: Punishment and the Death Penalty: The Current Debate
Editor(s): R M Baird; S E Rosenbaum
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 246
Sponsoring Agency: Prometheus Books
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87975-946-1
Sale Source: Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Essays in this volume indicate that the caning sentence of Michael Fay in Singapore and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun's public reununciation of capital punishment have intensified current debate over punishment in general and capital punishment in particular.
Abstract: The essays are organized in two parts, the justification for punishment and capital punishment. Essays in the first part focus on retributivist and utilitarian views of punishment, the justification of punishment as a social institution, the deterrent function of punishment, punishment versus rehabilitation, and the fair play principle as a means of justifying punishment. In examining capital punishment, essays in the second part discuss the history of capital punishment in the United States, punishment of the innocent, arguments for and against capital punishment, the death penalty's deterrent effect, the morality of anger, the arbitrary administration of capital punishment, and the relationship between capital punishment and contemporary values. References, notes, and tables
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Criminal justice research; Criminology; Deterrence; History of corrections; History of criminal justice; Public Opinion of Crime; Punishment; Rehabilitation
Note: Contemporary Issues
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