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America's experiment with capital punishment : reflections on the past, present, and future of the ultimate penal sanction

Author: James R Acker; Robert M Bohm; Charles S Lanier
Publisher: Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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The second edition of America's Experiment with Capital Punishment is an updated and expanded version of the comprehensive first edition. Authored by the country's leading legal and social science scholars, it includes information concerning racial disparities in the administration of the death penalty, wrongful convictions, deterrence, the prediction of future dangerousness, jury decision-making, public opinion  Read more...
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America's experiment with capital punishment.
Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)603895529
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James R Acker; Robert M Bohm; Charles S Lanier
ISBN: 0890890641 9780890890646
OCLC Number: 53180211
Description: xi, 806 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: America's experiment with capital punishment / James R. Acker, Robert M. Bohm, and Charles S. Lanier --
Capital punishment, public opinion, law, and politics --
American death penalty opinion: past, present, and future / Robert M. Bohm --
Judicial developments in capital punishment law / Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker --
Beyond human ability? The rise and fall of death penalty legislation / James R. Acker and Charles S. Lanier --
Politics of capital punishment: the sacrifice of fairness for executions / Stephen B. Bright --
The influence of international law and practice on the death penalty in the United States / Richard J. Wilson --
The justice and utility of the capital sanction --
Roots / Robert Blecker --
Justice, deterrence, and the death penalty / Ernest van den Haag --
Is capital punishment an effective deterrent for murder? An examination of social science research / Ruth D. Peterson and William C. Bailey --
Future dangerousness and incapacitation / Jon Sorensen and James Marquart. Executing women, juveniles, and the mentally retarded: second class citizens in capital punishment / Victor L. Streib --
The execution of the innocent / Michael L. Radelet and Hugo Adam Bedau --
Administration of the death penalty --
Closing the circle: the illusion of lawyers for people litigating for their lives at the Fin de Siècle / Michael Mello and Paul J. Perkins --
Stacking the deck for guilt and death: the failure of death qualification to ensure impartiality / Marla Sandys and Scott McClelland --
The capital sentencing decision: guided discretion, reasoned moral judgment, or legal fiction / William J. Bowers, Benjamin D. Fleury-Steiner and Michael E. Antonio --
Mitigation and the study of lives: on the roots of violent criminality and the nature of capital justice / Craig Haney --
Race discrimination and the death penalty: an empirical and legal overview / David C. Baldus and George Woodworth --
Federal habeas corpus in capital cases / Eric M. Freedman --
Economic costs of capital punishment: past, present, and future / Robert M. Bohm. Terminal stages of the penalty of death --
"Above all, do no harm": the role of health and mental health professionals in the capital punishment process / Charles Patrick Ewing --
The impact of the death penalty on the families of homicide victims and of condemned prisoners / Margaret Vandiver --
Life under sentence of death: historical and contemporary perspectives / Robert Johnson --
Evolving role of clemency in capital cases / Daniel T. Kobil --
Lethally humane? The evolution of execution methods in the United States / Deborah W. Denno.
Responsibility: edited by James R. Acker, Robert M. Bohm, Charles S. Lanier.

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The second edition of America's Experiment with Capital Punishment is an updated and expanded version of the comprehensive first edition. Authored by the country's leading legal and social science scholars, it includes information concerning racial disparities in the administration of the death penalty, wrongful convictions, deterrence, the prediction of future dangerousness, jury decision-making, public opinion about the death penalty, the effects of the capital punishment process on murder victims' and offenders' relatives, death row incarceration, the costs of capital punishment, execution methods, and many other issues. New legal developments are tracked, including the Supreme Court's 2002 decisions prohibiting the execution of mentally retarded offenders (Atkins vs. Virginia) and requiring juries to find all essential facts supporting sentences of death (Ring vs. Arizona); the moratorium on executions imposed by former Illinois Governor Ryan and Ryan's ensuing commutation in January 2003 of all Illinois prisoners under sentence of death; federal habeas corpus policies; and other changes in death penalty laws and practices. Two new chapters have been added to the second edition, one by Professor Richard Wilson analyzing international laws and trends in capital punishment and their implications for the United States, and another by Professor Robert Blecker examining the theological and historical roots of the death penalty and their significance to contemporary capital punishment theory and practice. The volume, comprised of 23 individually authored chapters, remains the most current and comprehensive collection available addressing legal, empirical, political, and philosophical aspects of capital punishment in America. -- Book Description.

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