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Capital Punishment

ISBN 9780202363288
Published November 15, 2009 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

Numerous people face legal execution in the United States. Their presence in death rows throughout the country refutes a basic premise of our judicial system, for the use of capital punishment denies the existence of universal rehabilitation. There is another paradox-juries continue to sentence men and women to death; yet few ever get executed. Whether one is for or against capital punishment, one cannot approach the issue without deep emotion and conviction. James McCafferty provides an even-tempered, eminently reasonable discussion of the issue with balanced commentary from both sides of the debate. McCafferty presents not only empirical data and analyses of the nature of capital punishment, but provides perspectives on the larger issues of our approach to lawbreakers and their rehabilitation. The claims of both those who want to retain capital punishment and those who want to abolish it are included. The arguments consider whether capital punishment deters crime as well as the question of discrimination. A wealth of references, an extremely useful bibliography, and a final chapter delineating the legal issues facing the courts at the time the book was originally published in 1972 complete this unusually incisive and balanced study. Capital Punishment remains an important volume in the field of criminal justice. It seeks to educate rather than propagandize. It is intended for use in numerous courses in sociology and political science as well as in law schools. Anyone wishing to gain a perspective on what remains a controversial issue more than thirty years later would be well advised to study this work by world-class scholars.

Table of Contents

Part I: Facts and Figures
1. General Introduction -HUGO A. BEDAU
2. The Use of the Death Penalty: A Factual Statement -WALTER C. RECKLESS
Part II: The Issues
3. The Capital Punishment Controversy -WILLIAM O. HOCHKAMMER, JR.
Part III: Proponents of Capital Punishment
4. In Favor of Capital Punishment -JACQUES BARZUN
5. On Deterrence and the Death Penalty -ERNEST VAN DEN HAAG
6. Capital Punishment: Your Protection and Mine -EDWARD J. ALLEN
7. A Prosecutor Looks at Capital Punishment -RICHARD E. GERSTEIN
8. The Death Penalty -JAMES V. BENNETT
Part IV: Opponents of Capital Punishment
9.  Capital Punishment as Seen by a Correctional Administrator -RICHARD A. MCGEE
10. To Abolish the Death Penalty -RAMSEY CLARK
11. Capital Punishment: The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society
12. Thou Shalt Not Kill -JUDICATURE
13. For Whom the Chair Waits -SARA R. EHRMANN
14. Let's Abolish Capital Punishment -VICTOR H. EVJEN
Part V: Attack on the Death Penalty
15. Varieties of Attack on the Death Penalty -JACK GREENBERG and JACK HIMMELSTEIN
16. The Supreme Court, Cruel and Unusual Punishment, and the Death Penalty -SOL RUBIN
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