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NCJ Number: 63758 Find in a Library
Title: LET'S BAN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT PERMANENTLY! (FROM CRITICAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 1979, BY R G IACOVETTA AND DAE H CHANG - SEE NCJ-63717)
Author(s): J W ROGERS
Corporate Author: Carolina Academic Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Carolina Academic Press
Durham, NC 27701
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ESSAY CONSIDERS PUNISHMENT CRITERIA FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AND CONCLUDES THAT THEY FAIL TO MEET THE IDEAL AND, THEREFORE, THAT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED.
Abstract: THE DIMENSIONS OF UNIFORMITY, CELERITY, CERTAINTY, CORRESPONDENCE, VISIBILITY, CONSISTENCY, AND IMPERSONALITY ARE AMONG THE CRITERIA FOR PUNISHMENT. THE DEATH PENALTY FAILS TO MEET THESE IDEAL CRITERIA. UNIFORMITY REFERS TO EQUAL LIABILITY UNDER THE LAW; CELERITY, TO THE SPEED WITH WHICH SENTENCE IS FOLLOWED BY EXECUTION. HOWEVER, CELERITY MAY BE INCOMPATIBLE WITH DUE PROCESS. CORRESPONDENCE, REFERS TO THE HYPOTHETICAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CRIME AND THE SEVERITY OF THE SANCTION. VISIBILITY REFERS TO THE SALIENCY OF PENALTIES FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND FOR PAST AND POTENTIAL OFFENDERS. PUBLIC OPINION AND THE DEATH PENALTY ARE ENTAILED IN THE DIMENSION OF VISIBILITY AND THE EFFECT THE FUNCTION OF THE DEATH PENALTY AS A DETERRENT. ADDITIONAL ISSUES ADDRESSED BRIEFLY INCLUDE COST, ERROR, AND THE UNEQUAL VALUE OF LIFE. TABLES, DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AND EXTENSIVE NOTES ACCOMPANY THE TEXT. (RFC)
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Deterrence; Public Attitudes/Opinion
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