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Capital Punishment / Edition 3 available in Hardcover
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- Facts on File, Incorporated
Each volume of the Facts On File Library in a Book series is carefully designed to be the best one-volume source for research on important current problems. Written clearly and carefully so that even the most complex aspects of the issue are easily understandable, the books give the reader the essential information to begin work, plus the research tools needed to delve more deeply into the topic. Each book includes a history of the subject, biographical information on important figures in the field, a complete annotated bibliography, and a carefully designed index-everything the researcher needs to get down to work.
With recent advances in DNA testing of stored forensic evidence and ongoing efforts by volunteer advocates, more and more inmates have been found innocent, and opponents of the death penalty argue that many more may be executed for crimes they did not commit if the laws are not changed. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, 35 people on death row have been exonerated since the year 2000. The legal definition of who is eligible for the death penalty is also changing. For instance, in 2002, the Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that it is unconstitutional to execute people with mental retardation.
Coverage of these and other important events and policy changes make the thoroughly updated third edition of Capital Punishment an invaluable reference and research guide. Providing readers with clear and essential information needed to define, understand, and research this controversial issue, this book is perfect for anyone interested in issues related to capital punishment.
Table of Contents
|Part I||Overview of the Topic|
|Chapter 1||Introduction to Capital Punishment||3|
|Chapter 2||The Law of Capital Punishment||42|
|Chapter 4||Biographical Listing||132|
|Part II||Guide to Further Research|
|Chapter 6||How to Research Capital Punishment||153|
|Chapter 7||Annotated Bibliography||167|
|Chapter 8||Organizations and Agencies||234|
|Appendix A||Statistics and Trends for Capital Punishment||257|
|Appendix B||Extract from U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: Furman v. Georgia, 1972||268|
|Appendix C||Extract from U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: McCleskey v. Kemp, 1987||280|
|Appendix D||Extract from U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: Atkins v. Virginia, 2002||291|