The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment

The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment

by Franklin E. Zimring


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195178203
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Franklin E. Zimring is the William G. Simon Professor of Law and Chair of the Criminal Justice Research Program at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Crime Is Not the Problem and American Youth Violence.

Table of Contents

I.Divergent Trends1
1.The Peculiar Present of American Capital Punishment3
2.More Than a Trend: Abolition in the Developed Nations16
3.The Symbolic Transformation of American Capital Punishment42
II.Explaining the American Difference65
4.Federalism and Its Discontents67
5.The Vigilante Tradition and Modern Executions89
6.The Consequences of Contradictory Values119
III.Capital Punishment in the American Future141
7.The No-Win 1990s143
8.The Beginning of the End179
Appendix AStatistical Materials on Lynchings and Executions207
Appendix BReported Frequencies of National Death Penalty Policy, 1980 to 2001213
Appendix CDeath Row and Execution Statistics227
Appendix DNew Survey Analysis Materials229
Appendix EJustified Killings by Citizens and Police, by State237
Appendix FReview of Death Penalty Exoneration Data from the Death Penalty Information Center241

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