In 2000, Governor George Ryan of Illinois, a Republican and a supporter of the death penalty, declared a moratorium on executions in his state. In 2003 he commuted the death sentences of all Illinois prisoners on death row. Ryan contended that the application of the death penalty in Illinois had been arbitrary and unfair, and he ignited a new round of debate over the appropriateness of execution. Nationwide surveys indicate that the number of Americans who favor the death penalty is declining. As the struggle over capital punishment rages on, twelve states and the District of Columbia have taken bold measures to eliminate the practice. This landmark study is the first to examine the history and motivations of those jurisdictions that abolished capital punishment and have resisted the move to reinstate death penalty statutes.
|Publisher:||Northeastern University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.89(d)|
About the Author
JOHN F. GALLIHER is Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and former president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. LARRY W. KOCH is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan-Flint. DAVID P. KEYS is Assistant Professor of Sociology at State University of New York, Plattsburgh. TERESA J. GUESS is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Table of Contents
Michigan's Continuing Abolition of the Death Penalty and the Conceptual Components of Symbolic Legislation The Death Penalty and Social Policy in Wisconsin The Power of History: Death Penalty Abolition in Maine Abolition and Attempted Reinstatement in Minnesota, 1911-1923
Un-American Activities in North Dakota: The Continuing Abolition of Capital Punishment The History of Death Penalty Abolition in Alaska Colonialism and Capital Punishment: Race, Class, and Legal Symbolism in Hawaiian Executions, 1826-1990
Death Penalty Abolition, Reinstatement, and Abolition in Iowa The Life and Death of the Death Penalty in West Virginia Summary and Conclusions Epilogue: Abolition in the Courts Appendix: Data Collection Methods Notes Bibliography Index