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Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment

Edited by: Robert M. Bohm , Gavin Lee

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138651579
eBook ISBN: 9781315624723
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315624723
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Capital punishment is one of the more controversial subjects in the social sciences, especially in criminal justice and criminology. Over the last decade or so, the United States has experienced a significant decline in the number of death sentences and executions. Since 2007, eight states have abolished capital punishment, bringing the total number of states without the death penalty to 19, plus the District of Columbia, and more are likely to follow suit in the near future (Nebraska reinstated its death penalty in 2016). Worldwide, 70 percent of countries have abolished capital punishment in law or in practice. The current trend suggests the eventual demise of capital punishment in all but a few recalcitrant states and countries. Within this context, a fresh look at capital punishment in the United States and worldwide is warranted.

The Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment comprehensively examines the topic of capital punishment from a wide variety of perspectives. A thoughtful introductory chapter from experts Bohm and Lee presents a contextual framework for the subject matter, and chapters present state-of-the-art analyses of a range of aspects of capital punishment, grouped into five sections: (1) Capital Punishment: History, Opinion, and Culture; (2) Capital Punishment: Rationales and Religious Views; (3) Capital Punishment and Constitutional Issues; (4) The Death Penalty?s Administration; and (5) The Death Penalty?s Consequences.

This is a key collection for students taking courses in prisons, penology, criminal justice, criminology, and related subjects, and is also an essential reference for academics and practitioners working in prison service or in related agencies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The American Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Capital Punishment and Lynching Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Public Opinion about the Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Marshall Hypotheses Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Media and Capital Punishment Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Popular Media and the Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Why We Need the Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Retribution and Capital Punishment Download PDF
Chapter  9:  General Deterrence and Brutalization Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Incapacitation and Life Without Parole Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Christianity and the Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Capital Punishment in Jewish Law  Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Death Penalty in Sharia Law Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The U.S. Supreme Court and the Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Aggravating and Mitigating Evidence Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Capital Offenders’ Intellectual Disability and “Insanity” Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Financial Cost of the Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Prosecutors and the Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Counsel for the Despised and the Condemned Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Capital Jury and Sentencing Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Penalty Phase of the Capital Murder Trial Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Appellate Process in Capital Cases Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Clemency Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Execution Methods in a Nutshell Download PDF
Chapter  25:  California’s Chaotic Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Reflections on the Abbatoir Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Federal Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Death Penalty and the United States Armed Forces Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The Topography of Capital Punishment Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Age, Class, and Sex Disparities in Capital Punishment Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Race and the Death Penalty Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Wrongful Capital Convictions Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Living and Working on Death Row Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Capital Punishment and Victims’ and Offenders’ Families Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Capital Punishment’s Co-Victims Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Exoneration Download PDF
Chapter  37:  The Death Penalty’s Demise, with Special Focus on the United States Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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