The essays selected for this volume develop conventional abolition discourse and explore the conceptual framework through which abolition is understood and posited. Of particular interest is the attention given to an integral but often forgotten element of the abolition debate: alternatives to capital punishment. The volume also provides an account of strategies employed by the abolition community which challenges tired methodologies and offers a level of transparency previously unseen. This collection tackles complex but fundamental components of the capital punishment debate using empirical data and expert observations and is essential reading for those wishing to comprehend the fundamental issues which underpin capital punishment discourse.
Contents: Introduction; Part I Abolition: Capital punishment: a review and critique of abolition strategies, Peter Hodgkinson, Seema Kandelia and Lina Gyllensten; Executions, deterrence, and homicide: a tale of two cities, Franklin E. Zimring, Jeffrey Fagan and David T. Johnson; ‘I hope someone murders your mother!’: an exploration of extreme support for the death penalty, Margaret Vandiver, David J. Giacopassi and Peter R. Gathje; Global support for the death penalty, James Unnever; ‘…hanged by the neck until you are dead’, B.v.D. van Niekirk; Do executions lower homicide rates?: the views of leading criminologists, Michael L. Radelet and Traci L. Lacock. Part II Abolition Strategies: A proposed strategy for ending the death penalty, W. Graham Allen; Beyond expression: Amnesty International’s decision to oppose capital punishment, Andrew S. Thompson; Death penalty as democratization: is the Council of Europe hanging itself?, Rick Fawn; Transnational advocacy against capital punishment: a role for the Holy See, Lisa L. Ferrari; The EU campaign against the death penalty, John R. Schmidt; Cutting the hangman’s noose: African initiatives to abolish the death penalty, Tim Curry; The origins and purpose of the International Commission against the death penalty, Federico Mayor. Part III Alternative Sentences to Capital Punishment: A matter of life and death: the effect of life-without-parole statutes on capital punishment, Harvard Law Review; The pros and cons of life without parole, Catherine Appleton and Bent Grøver; The consequences of the abolition of the mandatory death penalty in Uganda, Jamil Ddamulira Mujuzi; Outlawing irreducible life sentences: Europe on the brink?, Dirk Van Zyl Smit. Part IV Moratoria: Capital punishment, the moratorium movement and empirical questions, Charles S. Lanier and James R. Acker; Name index.