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The death penalty : beyond the smoke and mirrors

Author: Alfred B Heilbrun
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, 2006.
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"Capital punishment attracts strong and opposing moral positions: execution by the state under any condition is wrong versus execution as just retribution for heinous killing. In this book, the author rejects these moral arguments as a basis for determining the social value of the death penalty and considers the issue scientifically by determining whether capital punishment deters willful killing. Using evidence  Read more...
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Heilbrun, Alfred B., 1924-
Death penalty.
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, 2006
(OCoLC)654457538
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred B Heilbrun
ISBN: 0761834729 9780761834724 9780761834724
OCLC Number: 73823884
Description: xii, 191 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: section 1. Does the death penalty deter willful killing? --
1. The interminable debate regarding the death penalty --
2. The 45-year study of the death penalty and deterrence --
3. Conceptual lacunae in the deterrence evidence --
section 2. Can the death penalty be fairly implemented? --
4. Fair practice in adjudicating the death penalty : the issue of race --
5. Fair practice in adjudicating the death penalty : the issue of gender --
6. Fair practice in adjudicating the death penalty : mental disorder as a competence issue --
7. Fair practice in adjudicating the death penalty : mental retardation as a competence issue --
section 3. Putting it all together --
8. A verdict on the death penalty as a deterrent to murder --
9. Fairness in adjudicating the death penalty.
Responsibility: Alfred B. Heilbrun, Jr.

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