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NCJ Number: 183714 Find in a Library
Title: Just Revenge: Costs and Consequences of the Death Penalty
Author(s): Mark Costanzo Ph.D.
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 219
Sponsoring Agency: Haynes (the John Randolph) and Dora Haynes Foundation
Los Angeles, CA 90017
St. Martin's Press
New York, NY 10010
Publication Number: ISBN 0-312-15559-X
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book analyzes the costs, benefits, and consequences of the death penalty; it argues that it is time to abandon the death penalty.
Abstract: Using hard evidence from trial arguments, case histories and published studies, the book places capital punishment in its historical and moral context before systematically stripping away every major argument in favor of the death penalty. It exposes the extravagant costs, illusory benefits and disturbing consequences of capital punishment and builds an important new model for understanding the politics behind its practice. The book is divided into nine chapters: (1) A Long Bloody Past; (2) From Trial to Execution Chamber; (3) Is the Death Penalty Inhumane? (4) Is the Death Penalty Cheaper Than Life Imprisonment? (5) Is the Death Penalty Fairly Applied? (6) Does the Death Penalty Deter Potential Murderers? (7) Does the Public Support the Death Penalty? (8) Is Killing Murderers Morally Justified? and (9) The Politics and Future of Killing: Symbolism and Realism. The book concludes that capital punishment is a failed social policy. It squanders taxpayer money and court time, is routinely discriminatory, increases violent crime, and poisons public discourse. No legal system is capable of deciding in an infallible, evenhanded way who should live and who should die. Notes, references, index
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Abolishment of capital punishment; Capital punishment; Corrections policies; Cruel and unusual punishment; Deterrence; Murderers; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Punishment; Race-punishment relationship; Social control
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