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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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Koch (sociology, Univ. of Michigan), Wark (psychology and sociology, Texas A&M), and Galliher (Univ. of Missouri, Columbia) is a follow up to an earlier study by Galliher and Koch, America Without the Death Penalty (CH, Jan'03, 40-3095). It updates developments at the state level involving the death penalty, with special attention to past and "current advances" and "defeats" in states that have recently abolished the death penalty. A second set of states examined are labeled "quasi abolition," including states where de facto abolition exists. The final group, the South and Texas, encompasses a region where the abolitionist movement has been least successful. The work has the singular virtue of focusing attention on political and legal developments in the states. The Supreme Court has the final say as to the national constitution, but states are free as a matter of public policy or the requirements of their respective state constitutions to reject the death penalty. The authors are committed to the goal of abolishing the death penalty; nevertheless, they strive to follow the canons of academic work in presenting their findings. Their conclusion: the death penalty, slowly, incrementally, but inexorably, is marching to its own scaffold. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. P. J. Galie emeritus, Canisius College

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