Questioning Capital Punishment by James R. Acker download in iPad, ePub, pdf
But discussions about capital punishment should not just focus on substituting stricter varieties of life in prison. By presenting excerpts of U.
This is an essential text for students and others interested in learning more about the contemporary American capital punishment system. Some lawyers who support capital punishment criticize that it is unreasonable for the organization not to accept letters of attorney from members who could not attend the meeting. Acker gives us a thorough overview of the issues involved, combining factual data with unbiased analysis. And it is timely because the future of the death penalty appears to be moving from the hands of the High Court to those of the people like you and me. The bar federation adopted a resolution calling for ending capital punishment at its Oct.
This book is ideal for upper-level undergraduate and graduate classes in criminal justice. More fundamental factors behind the resolution are inherent problems in the death penalty system, including its vengeful nature as criminal punishment and its cruelty. This kind of information is indispensable for informative discussions.
Undoubtedly the book will be widely adopted in a wide array of death penalty courses. He has edited several books and authored numerous scholarly articles that focus on legal and empirical aspects of capital punishment. The book captures the broad philosophical issues surrounding recourse to the death penalty as well as the difficulties on the ground in its present day administration.
In the past dozen years six states have abandoned the death penalty and the pace appears to be picking up. The story is keyed to the twists and turns in the thinking and writing of Supreme Court Justices whose decisions have determined the fate of thousands of convicted murderers. Both the Justice Ministry and the lawyer group have an important role to play in making necessary information available to ensure those discussions are meaningful. That alone calls for more public discussions on capital punishment.
In meticulous detail and an eloquent voice, Acker guides the reader on a journey that invites questions of, rather than provides answers to, all facets of our system of capital punishment. Relying just on public opinion endorsing capital punishment to justify its existence does not stand up to reason. Another point to consider is whether the treatment of death row inmates is humane enough. Moreover, the book does so in a commendably accessible fashion. Such prisoners in Japan are kept in solitary confinement and their communication with people outside is tightly restricted.
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