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The contradictions of American capital punishment

Author: Franklin E Zimring
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Series: Studies in crime and public policy.
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Franklin E. Zimring reveals that the seemingly insoluble turmoil surrounding the death penalty reflects a long-standing division in American values, one that he predicts will soon bring about the end of capital punishment in our country. On one hand, execution would seem to violate our nation's highest legal principles of fairness and due process. It sets us increasingly apart from our allies and indeed is regarded  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Franklin E Zimring
ISBN: 0195152360 9780195152364 0195178203 9780195178203
OCLC Number: 50334054
Awards: Winner of An Economist 2003 Book of the Year.
Description: ix, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Divergent trends. The peculiar present of American capital punishment --
More than a trend : abolition in the developed nations --
The symbolic transformation of American capital punishment --
2. Explaining the American difference. Federalism and its discontents --
The vigilante tradition and modern executions --
The consequences of contradictory values --
3. Capital punishment in the American future. The no-win 1990s --
The beginning of the end --
Appendix A. Statistical materials on lynchings and executions --
Appendix B. Reported frequencies of national death penalty policy, 1980 to 2001 --
Appendix C. Death row and execution statistics --
Appendix D. New survey analysis materials --
Appendix E. Justified killings by citizens and police, by state --
Appendix F. Review of death penalty exoneration data from the Death Penalty Information Center.
Series Title: Studies in crime and public policy.
Responsibility: Franklin E. Zimring.
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Since the mid-1980s, almost every Western country has moved to abolish the death penalty. The United States is the exception. This thesis argues that a tradition of popular justice conflicts with the  Read more...


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