Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

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The issue of capital punishment is a continually-debated issue because it calls into question the values and direction of society. How is a civilisation supposed to handle lawbreakers? Are some crimes so heinous and some people so dangerous that the death penalty is the only appropriate response? The United States Constitution prohibits 'cruel and unusual punishment', but opinions on whether that includes capital punishment are vehement on both sides. Many states have some form of death penalty, and public opinion seems to indicate support of it in principle. However, many firestorms have erupted recently over the application of the penalty, including the topics of its use on minors and those with mental disabilities. There are also questions raised about how much of a factor race plays in a capital sentence. Internationally, several countries have foresworn the death penalty, with certain countries in Europe and the Americas refusing to extradite criminal suspects (including suspected terrorists) to the US if capital punishment is a possible sentence. With such politically flammable and ethically challenging issues hanging over it, capital punishment is a vitally important issue to understand. To help facilitate that study, this book assembles a carefully selected and substantial listing of literature focussing on the death penalty. Anyone researching this area of criminal justice will find this book an important tool as it offers easy access to the most relevant works about capital punishment. Following the bibliography, further access is provided with author, title, and subject indexes.Dead man talking, 65 A punishment in search of a crime: Americans speak out against the death penalty, 47 A rapist-murderer guillotined in 1969. ... at the death penalty, 6 A sociological perspective on public support for capital punishment., 5 A Sound Retributive Argument for the ... February 18, 1819, 10 An essay on capital punishment, 43 An essay on crimes and punishments, 15 An examination of Mr.

Title:Capital Punishment
Author: C. Cliff
Publisher:Nova Publishers - 2003

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