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The death of the American death penalty : states still leading the way /

This work is a study of state-level developments regarding the death penalty. The death penalty has largely disappeared as a national legislative issue and the Supreme Court has mainly bowed out, leaving the states at the cutting edge of abolition politics. This guide presents and explains the chan...

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Main Author: Koch, Larry Wayne, 1946-
Other Authors: Wark, Colin, Galliher, John F.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Boston : Northeastern University Press, 2012
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245 1 4 |a The death of the American death penalty :  |b states still leading the way /  |c Larry W. Koch, Colin Wark, John F. Galliher. 
260 |a Boston :  |b Northeastern University Press,  |c c2012. 
300 |a xii, 242 p. ;  |c 24 cm. 
504 |a Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-231) and index. 
505 0 |a Abolition. Death penalty debates in traditional abolitionist jurisdictions -- The New York State death penalty debate -- The abolition of capital punishment in New Jersey -- The abolition of capital punishment in New Mexico -- The abolition of capital punishment in Illinois. -- Quasi-Abolition. The recurring life and death of death penalty legislation in Kansas -- Recent death penalty abolition near misses in New England: New Hampshire and Connecticut -- Recent abolition near misses: Nebraska and Maryland -- De facto abolition states. -- The South. Opposition to capital punishment in the South and Texas -- The death penalty on a downhill slope. 
520 |a This work is a study of state-level developments regarding the death penalty. The death penalty has largely disappeared as a national legislative issue and the Supreme Court has mainly bowed out, leaving the states at the cutting edge of abolition politics. This guide presents and explains the changing political and cultural challenges to capital punishment at the state level. As with their previous volume, America Without the Death Penalty (2002), the authors of this completely new volume concentrate on the local and regional relationships between death penalty abolition and numerous empirical factors, such as economic conditions; public sentiment; the roles of social, political, and economic elites; the mass media; and population diversity. They highlight the recent abolition of the practice in New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Illinois; the near misses in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maryland, and Nebraska; the Kansas rollercoaster rides; and the surprising recent decline of the death penalty even in the deep South. Abolition of the death penalty in the United States is a piecemeal process, with one state after another peeling off from the pack until none is left and the tragic institution finally is no more. This book explains how, and why, that will likely happen. 
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