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Death penalty mitigation : a handbook for mitigation specialists, investigators, social scientists, and lawyers

Author: José B Ashford; Melissa Kupferberg
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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This book provides an introduction to socio-legal forms of mitigation in capital sentencing. It examines scientific formulations, concepts, and frameworks for structuring social history investigations and assessments of moral culpability. A fundamental aim of this book is to provide mitigation professionals not only with an understanding of the context of mitigation in criminal justice thinking, but also ways of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: José B Ashford; Melissa Kupferberg
ISBN: 9780195329469 0195329465
OCLC Number: 830646678
Description: xxvii, 222 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword by Craig Haney ; Part I: Foundation Knowledge for Mitigation Practice ; 1. Mitigation practice in death penalty cases ; 2. Legal landscape: History of mitigation of punishment ; 3. Mitigation professionals: Roles and responsibilities ; 4. Assessing culpability: The role of background and character ; Part II: Social Science Concepts and Frameworks for Developing Mitigation ; Evidence ; 5. Theoretical frameworks and concepts for guiding social history investigations ; 6. Assessing practical rationality and volitional concerns with social science frameworks ; 7. Issues in assessing character, criminal propensities, and socio-cultural depravation ; 8. Social frameworks and the mitigation of criminal motivations ; Conclusions and research needs ; References ; Appendix
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This handbook examines theoretical frameworks and concepts from the social sciences with implications for guiding the identification, evaluation, and presentation of mitigation evidence.  Read more...

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Ashford has written a book that fills a great gap in the psychological literature, one that every potential expert witness should read, or dismiss at his or her own peril." -Donald Dutton, Read more...

 
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