Toward and Beyond the Abolition of Capital Punishment
This book investigates the profound shift in attitudes toward capital punishment in the United States and the emergence of a new abolitionist politics. Drawing on the perspectives of distinguished scholars, including long-time experts in the field, the book explores how the death penalty will end and what factors will pave the way for abolition. In particular, it considers whether the death penalty will be replaced with life without parole. The book traces the recent history of the abolitionist movement and various perspectives on the prospects for the abolition of death penalty, along with the importance of the debate about lethal injection in that movement. It also places the debate about the abolition of capital punishment in a broader political and historical context and evaluates the pragmatic compromises that might be required to end capital punishment.
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