The Death Penalty: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Joseph A. Melusky
  • Keith A. Pesto
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  • ISBN-10: 1440845506
  • ISBN-13: 9781440845505
  • DDC: 364.660973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 372 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released December 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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This book addresses the myriad controversies and examines the evidence regarding capital punishment in America. It answers questions regarding topics like the efficacy of capital punishment in deterring violent crime, the risks of mistakes, legal issues related to capital punishment, and the monetary costs of keeping inmates on death row.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in the Contemporary World Issues Series.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Half Title Page.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Does the Death Penalty Deter Homicide?.
4: The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished— For Very Practical Reasons.
5: Capital Punishment Should Not Be Abolished in the United States.
6: Retaining the Death Penalty: Sociopolitical Support.
7: Gender and Capital Punishment.
8: Death Row Exonerations and Conviction Integrity.
9: Capital Punishment and Public Confidence in the Criminal Justice System.
10: Profiles.
Data and Documents.
11: Data.
12: Documents.
13: Resources.
14: Chronology.
About the Authors.