Cruel And Unusual Punishment

Cruel And Unusual Punishment

by Joseph Anthony Melusky, Keith A. Pesto
     
 

In one of the lengthiest, noisiest, and hottest legal debates in U.S. history, Cruel and Unusual Punishment stands out as a levelheaded, even-handed, and thorough analysis of the issue.

• A focused list of primary source documents includes the Magna Carta, the Northwest Ordinance, the 5th, 8th, and 14th Amendments, and excerpts from the Federalist

Overview

In one of the lengthiest, noisiest, and hottest legal debates in U.S. history, Cruel and Unusual Punishment stands out as a levelheaded, even-handed, and thorough analysis of the issue.

• A focused list of primary source documents includes the Magna Carta, the Northwest Ordinance, the 5th, 8th, and 14th Amendments, and excerpts from the Federalist Papers

• Appendixes include tables and charts on public opinion on the death penalty, state statistics, federal sentencing guidelines, and a bibliography

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Well written and easily accessible to students at the high school level, this title would be an excellent addition to both public and school libraries. It would be particularly useful to students preparing to debate either side of the issue." - VOYA

"This compact volume delivers a balanced review of the history, development, and current status of the death penalty in America . . . Suitable for public libraries and academic libraries serving undergraduates." - Reference & User Services Quarterly

"[S]eeks to provide a concise and coherent background on constitutional freedoms as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Cruel and Unusual Punishment achieves that purpose admirably . . . Highly recommended. Public, two-year, and four-year colleges; general readers and undergraduates." - Choice

"This book discusses a wide range of issues falling under the 8th Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment, including excessive fines and the three strikes laws . . . Cruel and Unusual Punishment is recommended for public, high school, and undergraduate library collections." - American Reference Books Annual

VOYA
The death penalty remains a hotly contested issue in the American legal system, having been tested in more than 184 Supreme Court cases. Although the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution specifically prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment," American citizens are still subject to lengthy prison sentences, solitary confinement, and the ultimate punishment of execution, most often now by lethal injection. The six chapters in this title from the America's Freedoms reference series provide a concise yet thorough overview of the theoretical and historical evolution of the death penalty; issues specific to the twentieth century (e.g., racial bias in the judicial system); penalties less than death and conditions of confinement; key people, cases, and events; and seminal documents. Each chapter contains a list of references and further readings, carefully chosen to represent all perspectives on the issues at hand. The documents, beginning with the Code of Hammurabi through excerpts from selected U.S. Supreme Court opinions, will be particularly useful to students engaged in research. A chronology of capital punishment; table of cases; appendix with data containing public opinion surveys, state execution statistics, and federal sentencing guidelines; and an annotated bibliography are also included. Well written and easily accessible to students at the high school level, this title would be an excellent addition to both public and school libraries. It would be particularly useful to students preparing to debate either side of the issue. Index. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. Appendix. 2003, ABC-CLIO, 376p. PLB
— Cindy Lombardo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576076026
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/21/2003
Series:
America's Freedoms Series
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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Meet the Author

Joseph A. Melusky is chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA.

Keith A. Pesto is a United States magistrate judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

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