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The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence / Edition 1
     

The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence / Edition 1

by Frank R. Baumgartner, Suzanna L. De Boef, Amber E. Boydstun
 

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ISBN-10: 0521715245

ISBN-13: 9780521715249

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Since 1996, death sentences in America have declined more than 60 percent, reversing a generation-long trend toward greater acceptance of capital punishment. In theory, most Americans continue to support the death penalty. But it is no longer seen as a theoretical matter. Prosecutors, judges, and juries across the country have moved in large numbers to give much

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Since 1996, death sentences in America have declined more than 60 percent, reversing a generation-long trend toward greater acceptance of capital punishment. In theory, most Americans continue to support the death penalty. But it is no longer seen as a theoretical matter. Prosecutors, judges, and juries across the country have moved in large numbers to give much greater credence to the possibility of mistakes — mistakes that in this arena are potentially fatal. The discovery of innocence, documented here through painstaking analyses of media coverage and with newly developed methods, has led to historic shifts in public opinion and to a sharp decline in use of the death penalty by juries across the country. A social cascade, starting with legal clinics and innocence projects, has snowballed into a national phenomenon that may spell the end of the death penalty in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521715249
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Tables     vii
List of Figures     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Innocence and the Death Penalty Debate     1
The Death Penalty in America     23
A Chronology of Innocence     49
The Shifting Terms of Debate     102
Innocence, Resonance, and Old Arguments Made New Again     136
Public Opinion     166
The Rise and Fall of a Public Policy     200
Conclusion     216
Epilogue: Individuals Exonerated from Death Row     231
New York Times Capital Punishment Coverage, 1960 to 2005     243
Description of Data     252
Notes     265
References     275
Index     285

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