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The Road to Abolition?The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States$
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Charles J. Jr. Ogletree and Austin Sarat

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762172

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Toward and Beyond the Abolition of Capital Punishment

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Road to Abolition?
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Charles J. Ogletree

Austin Sarat

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.003.0011

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.

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

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