A Comparative Analysis of Capital Punishment provides a concise and detailed history of the death penalty. Incorporating and synthesizing public opinion data and empirical studies, Simon and Blaskovich's work compares, across societies, the offense types punishable by death, the level of public support for the death penalty, the forms the penalty takes, and the categories of persons exempt from punishment. It examines the effectiveness of the death penalty as a deterrent to violent offenses, especially homicide, the extent to which innocent persons have become the victims of capital punishment, and occurrences of state sponsored genocide and democide. This book is a practical and useful tool for public policy makers, criminal justice practitioners, students, and anyone who seeks to better understand the worldwide debate on this controversial social issue.
Simon (School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American U.) and Blaskovich (Chicago Police Dept.) present a statistical and descriptive comparative study of the application of the death penalty around the world. They examine the use of the death penalty in history and examine the attitudes of the major religions towards capital punishment. They report on the dates countries have abolished the death penalty, the types of crimes for which the death penalty is employed, the methods used to administer death, and categories of people that are exempted. Data on public support, whether it seems to be a deterrent, numbers of innocents executed, and the role of DNA in reducing those numbers. Also included is a chapter on democide and genocide, reporting the numbers of people killed by their own governments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Rita J. Simon is a University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including A Comparative Perspective on Major Social Problems (Lexington Books, 2001), In Their Own Voices (with Rhonda Roorda, 2000), and Adoption Across Borders (with Howard Altstein, Rowman and Littlefield 2000). Dagny A. Blaskovich holds a Master's of Science in Justice, Law, and Society from American University. She currently works for the Chicago Police Department.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Religion and the Death Penalty Chapter 3 Countries That Have Abolished and Retained the Death Penalty Chapter 4 Public Opinion on the Death Penalty Chapter 5 Deterrence Chapter 6 Execution of Innocents Chapter 7 Genocide and Democide