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NCJ Number: 155463 Find in a Library
Title: Research on the Death Penalty
Journal: Law and Society Review  Volume:27  Issue:1  Dated:(1993)  Pages:9-175
Author(s): E F Zimring; A Sarat; R M Emerson; J R Acker; R A Berk; R Weiss; J Boger; R Paternoster; N J Finkel; S F Smith; W Bowers
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 167
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This series of articles addresses capital punishment and constitutional litigation on death penalty issues.
Abstract: The first article historically traces the involvement of social and behavioral scientists in the campaign against capital punishment, distinctions between research studies and constitutional litigation, and issues future research on capital punishment should address. The second article distinguishes between capital punishment and other forms of violence, while the third article reviews U.S. Supreme Court decisions and empirical research evidence on capital punishment between 1986 and 1989. Subsequent articles examine capriciousness in decisions by prosecutors to charge homicide defendants with a capital crime, the proportionality principle in capital felony murder cases, and contemporary attitudes toward capital punishment. References, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Corrections; Criminal justice research; Felony murder; Homicide; Public Opinion of Corrections; Public Opinion of Crime; US Supreme Court decisions; Violent crimes
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