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The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Charles J. Jr. Ogletree and Austin Sarat

Abstract

At the start of the twenty-first century, America is in the midst of a profound national reconsideration of the death penalty. There has been a dramatic decline in the number of people being sentenced to death as well as executed, exonerations have become common, and the number of states abolishing the death penalty is on the rise. This book tracks this shift in attitudes toward capital punishment, and considers whether or not the death penalty will ever be abolished in the United States. The book attempts to answer the hard questions that need to be addressed if the death penalty is to be abo ... More

Keywords: abolition of death penalty, death penalty, execution, capital punishment, life without parole, lethal injection, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814762172
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles J. Jr. Ogletree, editor

Austin Sarat, editor

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Contents

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Introduction

Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Austin Sarat

Part I Assessing the Prospects for Abolition

2 Blinded by Science on the Road to Abolition?

Simon A. Cole and Jay D. Aronson

4 The Beginning of the End?

Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker

5 Rocked but Still Rolling

Michael McCann and David T. Johnson

Part II Debating Lethal Injection

7 Perfect Execution

Timothy V. Kaufman-Osborn

Part III Putting the Death Penalty in Context

10 Making Difference

Peter Fitzpatrick