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NCJ Number: 192186 Find in a Library
Title: Capital Case in America: How Today's Justice System Handles Death Penalty Cases, From Crime Scene to Ultimate Execution of Sentence
Author(s): David Crump; George Jacobs
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 288
Sponsoring Agency: Carolina Academic Press
Durham, NC 27701
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89089-729-8
Sale Source: Carolina Academic Press
700 Kent Street
Durham, NC 27701
United States of America
Type: Case Study
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book describes how today's United States justice system handles death penalty cases from the crime scene to execution of sentence.
Abstract: The book seeks to determine why the United States uses the death penalty, a form of sentencing that so many people disagree with, that so many people have condemned, that so many people believe is brutal, totalitarian, discriminatory, unconstitutional, and unfair. The death penalty is confined, by law, to only 1 or 2 percent of the worst, most horrifying, most blameworthy kinds of murders. The book tells the stories of six capital cases, treating them as a collection of individual stories. The book then uses the stories to examine what the death penalty is all about, and the arguments in favor of society's use of the death penalty. The six cases provide evidence to support those arguments. The cases also provide evidence to support arguments against capital punishment. The book claims that society cannot leave the death penalty issue to the experts--there are no experts. Citizens must acquire sufficient knowledge to turn aside the sophistries with which they are assaulted daily from both sides.
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Abolishment of capital punishment; Capital punishment; Case histories; Deterrence; Homicide investigations; Information dissemination; Murderers; Prosecution; Sentencing/Sanctions
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