Capital Punishment / Edition 3

Capital Punishment / Edition 3

by Harry Henderson
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Capital Punishment / Edition 3

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816057085
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Series: Library in a Book Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part IOverview of the Topic
Chapter 1Introduction to Capital Punishment3
Chapter 2The Law of Capital Punishment42
Chapter 3Chronology106
Chapter 4Biographical Listing132
Chapter 5Glossary144
Part IIGuide to Further Research
Chapter 6How to Research Capital Punishment153
Chapter 7Annotated Bibliography167
Chapter 8Organizations and Agencies234
Part IIIAppendices
Appendix AStatistics and Trends for Capital Punishment257
Appendix BExtract from U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: Furman v. Georgia, 1972268
Appendix CExtract from U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: McCleskey v. Kemp, 1987280
Appendix DExtract from U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: Atkins v. Virginia, 2002291

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