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Title:
Capital punishment
Author:
Williams, Mary E., 1960-
Publication Information:
San Diego : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
160 pages ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780737701418

9780737701401
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Book

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Antonin Scalia, Scott Turrow, and James S. Liebman are among the authors included in this recently updated volume examining the ethics and administration of the death penalty. Chapters include: Is Capital Punishment an Effective Deterrent to Crime? Should Capital Punishment Be Reformed?


Summary

Antonin Scalia, Scott Turrow, and James S. Liebman are among the authors included in this recently updated volume examining the ethics and administration of the death penalty. Chapters include: Is Capital Punishment an Effective Deterrent to Crime? Should Capital Punishment Be Reformed?


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-This collection of 30 essays written by a variety of authors, from legal scholars to clergymen, examines all sides of such topics as whether or not capital punishment is ethical, its effectiveness as a deterrent to crime, whether or not it is administered fairly, and if it should be abolished. All of the articles were originally published between 1995 and 1999. There is much good information here for researchers and debaters. However, the reading level is difficult as many of the articles are taken from scholarly journals. Key quotes that support the arguments are highlighted in gray boxes throughout. This book is similar in content, format, and reading level to The Death Penalty (Greenhaven, 1997). Ted Gottfried's Capital Punishment (Enslow, 1997) also looks at both sides of this issue, but lacks the multiple-author format featured here.-William C. Schadt, Glacier Park Middle School, Maple Valley, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-This collection of 30 essays written by a variety of authors, from legal scholars to clergymen, examines all sides of such topics as whether or not capital punishment is ethical, its effectiveness as a deterrent to crime, whether or not it is administered fairly, and if it should be abolished. All of the articles were originally published between 1995 and 1999. There is much good information here for researchers and debaters. However, the reading level is difficult as many of the articles are taken from scholarly journals. Key quotes that support the arguments are highlighted in gray boxes throughout. This book is similar in content, format, and reading level to The Death Penalty (Greenhaven, 1997). Ted Gottfried's Capital Punishment (Enslow, 1997) also looks at both sides of this issue, but lacks the multiple-author format featured here.-William C. Schadt, Glacier Park Middle School, Maple Valley, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Robert James BidinottoDavid GelernterDon FederDeal HudsonMark CostanzoRobert JohnsonMary H. CooperJesse Jackson Sr. and Jesse Jackson Jr.Michael B. RossCraig AaronMichael LevinJeff JacobyLouis P. PojmanDavid FrumRichard L. WorsnopGeorge E. PatakiWilliam TuckerGeorge H. CullinsSean O'MalleyPhilip BrasfieldHelen Prejean and Vicki QuadeJustice for AllRenato MartinoJames NuechterleinBob HerbertWesley LoweMichael B. RossSam Howe VerhovekRobert James BidinottoDavid GelernterDon FederDeal HudsonMark CostanzoRobert JohnsonMary H. CooperJesse Jackson Sr. and Jesse Jackson Jr.Michael B. RossCraig AaronMichael LevinJeff JacobyLouis P. PojmanDavid FrumRichard L. WorsnopGeorge E. PatakiWilliam TuckerGeorge H. CullinsSean O'MalleyPhilip BrasfieldHelen Prejean and Vicki QuadeJustice for AllRenato MartinoJames NuechterleinBob HerbertWesley LoweMichael B. RossSam Howe Verhovek
Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 13
Chapter 1 Is Capital Punishment Ethical?
Chapter Prefacep. 17
Yes: Capital Punishment Is Ethical
Capital Punishment Is Moralp. 18
Capital Punishment Is Reasonablep. 25
Capital Punishment Is Not Barbaricp. 31
The State Has a Right to Execute Violent Criminalsp. 33
No: Capital Punishment Is Not Ethical
Capital Punishment Is Not Morally Justifiedp. 35
Execution Is Inhumanep. 42
Capital Punishment Undermines the Sacredness of Lifep. 50
Chapter 2 Is Capital Punishment Administered Fairly?
The Death Penalty and Fairness: An Overviewp. 55
Capital Punishment Is Applied Unfairlyp. 58
Racism Influences Death-Sentence Decisionsp. 65
The Litigation Process for Capital Defendants Is Unfairp. 71
Reforms Are Needed to Prevent the Execution of Innocent Peoplep. 76
Claims About the Unfairness of Capital Punishment Are Unfoundedp. 83
Capital Punishment Is Not Applied Unfairly to Blacksp. 88
Unfair Application of Capital Punishment Does Not Justify Abolishing Itp. 91
The Death Penalty Should Be Carried Out More Promptlyp. 97
Chapter 3 Is Capital Punishment an Effective Deterrent to Crime?
The Death Penalty and Deterrence: An Overviewp. 101
Yes: Capital Punishment Deters Crime
Capital Punishment Is a Deterrentp. 103
Society Needs the Death Penalty to Deter Murderersp. 107
Executions Reduce the Murder Ratep. 113
No: Capital Punishment Does Not Deter Crime
Capital Punishment Is Not a Deterrentp. 115
Capital Punishment May Cause Violence to Increasep. 118
Chapter 4 Should Capital Punishment Be Abolished?
Chapter Prefacep. 122
The Death Penalty Should Be Abolishedp. 123
The Death Penalty Should Be Retainedp. 129
Capital Punishment Should Be Not Be Applied Unless Absolutely Necessaryp. 132
Capital Punishment Deserves Cautious Supportp. 138
Life Without Parole Is Preferable to the Death Penaltyp. 141
The Death Penalty Is Preferable to Life Without Parolep. 143
Mentally Disadvantaged Killers Should Not Be Sentenced to Deathp. 145
The Mental Competence of a Murderer Can Be Difficult to Determinep. 148
Bibliographyp. 151
Organizations to Contactp. 154
Indexp. 157
Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 13
Chapter 1 Is Capital Punishment Ethical?
Chapter Prefacep. 17
Yes: Capital Punishment Is Ethical
Capital Punishment Is Moralp. 18
Capital Punishment Is Reasonablep. 25
Capital Punishment Is Not Barbaricp. 31
The State Has a Right to Execute Violent Criminalsp. 33
No: Capital Punishment Is Not Ethical
Capital Punishment Is Not Morally Justifiedp. 35
Execution Is Inhumanep. 42
Capital Punishment Undermines the Sacredness of Lifep. 50
Chapter 2 Is Capital Punishment Administered Fairly?
The Death Penalty and Fairness: An Overviewp. 55
Capital Punishment Is Applied Unfairlyp. 58
Racism Influences Death-Sentence Decisionsp. 65
The Litigation Process for Capital Defendants Is Unfairp. 71
Reforms Are Needed to Prevent the Execution of Innocent Peoplep. 76
Claims About the Unfairness of Capital Punishment Are Unfoundedp. 83
Capital Punishment Is Not Applied Unfairly to Blacksp. 88
Unfair Application of Capital Punishment Does Not Justify Abolishing Itp. 91
The Death Penalty Should Be Carried Out More Promptlyp. 97
Chapter 3 Is Capital Punishment an Effective Deterrent to Crime?
The Death Penalty and Deterrence: An Overviewp. 101
Yes: Capital Punishment Deters Crime
Capital Punishment Is a Deterrentp. 103
Society Needs the Death Penalty to Deter Murderersp. 107
Executions Reduce the Murder Ratep. 113
No: Capital Punishment Does Not Deter Crime
Capital Punishment Is Not a Deterrentp. 115
Capital Punishment May Cause Violence to Increasep. 118
Chapter 4 Should Capital Punishment Be Abolished?
Chapter Prefacep. 122
The Death Penalty Should Be Abolishedp. 123
The Death Penalty Should Be Retainedp. 129
Capital Punishment Should Be Not Be Applied Unless Absolutely Necessaryp. 132
Capital Punishment Deserves Cautious Supportp. 138
Life Without Parole Is Preferable to the Death Penaltyp. 141
The Death Penalty Is Preferable to Life Without Parolep. 143
Mentally Disadvantaged Killers Should Not Be Sentenced to Deathp. 145
The Mental Competence of a Murderer Can Be Difficult to Determinep. 148
Bibliographyp. 151
Organizations to Contactp. 154
Indexp. 157

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