Lethal Injection

Lethal Injection

by Jon Sorensen, Rocky Leann Pilgrim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292713010

ISBN-13: 9780292713017

Pub. Date: 05/01/2006

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Few state issues have attracted as much controversy and national attention as the application of the death penalty in Texas. In the years since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Texas has led the nation in passing death sentences and executing prisoners. The vigor with which Texas has implemented capital punishment has, however, raised more than a few

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Few state issues have attracted as much controversy and national attention as the application of the death penalty in Texas. In the years since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Texas has led the nation in passing death sentences and executing prisoners. The vigor with which Texas has implemented capital punishment has, however, raised more than a few questions. Why has Texas been so fervent in pursuing capital punishment? Has an aggressive death penalty produced any benefits? Have dangerous criminals been deterred? Have rights been trampled in the process and, most importantly, have innocents been executed? These important questions form the core of Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment in Texas during the Modern Era.

This book is the first comprehensive empirical study of Texas's system of capital punishment in the modern era. Jon Sorensen and Rocky Pilgrim use a wealth of information gathered from formerly confidential prisoner records and a variety of statistical sources to test and challenge traditional preconceptions concerning racial bias, deterrence, guilt, and the application of capital punishment in this state. The results of their balanced analysis may surprise many who have followed the recent debate on this important issue.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292713017
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Modern Era
Chapter 2. Deterrence: Does It Prevent Others from Committing Murder?
Chapter 3. Incapacitation: Does It Keep Them from Killing Again?
Chapter 4. Retribution: Do They Deserve to Die?
Chapter 5. Administration: Is the Death Penalty Carried Out Impartially, Reliably, and Efficiently?
Chapter 6. Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
References
Index

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