Capital Punishment

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This section includes books and publications related to capital punishment in the United States of America  other countries of the world, personal accounts etc.

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Book - Capital Punishment and Political SovereigntyCapital Punishment and Political Sovereignty
(Adam Thurschwell)
A respected academic and death penalty lawyer, draws upon continental theory and the Anglo-American jurisprudential tradition in order to deliver a critical survey of both the theoretical aspects of capital punishment and its actual administration.

Capital Punishment and the American Agenda
(Franklin E. Zimring and Gordon Hawkins)
The death penalty is not simply the most serious criminal punishment. It has been a singular social, legal, and moral problem in the Western world over the past two hundred years. Capital punishment is disappearing from every nation in the West except the United States.

Name/TitlePublication Summary
A History of Capital Punishment in BritainJudicial hanging is regarded by many as being the quintessentially British execution. However, many other methods of capital punishment have been used in this country; ranging from burning, beheading and shooting to crushing and boiling people to death.
Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral TraditionWhat is the Catholic Church’s position on the death penalty? How and why has it changed through the ages? Tracing the history of this thorny moral issue, Christian Brugger offers a detailed exegesis of the Church’s account of its morality as formulated in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”.
Contradictions of American Capital PunishmentSince the mid-1980s, almost every Western country has moved to abolish the death penalty. The United States is the exception. This thesis argues that a tradition of popular justice conflicts with the legal tradition of due process.
Dead WrongCapital punishment is a rigged lottery, skewed by matters of politics, class, race, geography, and, most important, the quality and resources of the defense lawyer at trial.
I Am Troy DavisJen Marlowe's newest book, I Am Troy Davis, was published right around the second anniversary of Davis's September 2011 execution by the state of Georgia. Davis was killed by lethal injection despite considerable evidence suggesting that he was innocent.
Live from Death RowThe essays that Mumia writes here offer the reader an insight in the criminal justice system that you could only see if you are inside it. When reading this essays,the reader gets the feeling of depression, isolation, sadness and of despair that any person on death row might be feeling.
Once a Jolly HangmanAlan Shadrake’s hard-hitting new book cuts through the façade of official silence to reveal disturbing truths about Singapore’s use of the death penalty. From in-depth interviews to meticulously researched accounts of numerous high profile cases.
Stolen Time (Sunny Jacobs)Sunny spent 5 years in solitary confinement on Death Row before her sentence was eventually reduced to life imprisonment. After seventeen years of legal wrangling her sentences were quashed and she was given back her freedom.
The End of SacrificeThe End of Sacrifice brings together four decades of John Howard Yoder’s published and unpublished writings on capital punishment. Through sophisticated biblical, sociological, and historical analysis Yoder demonstrates that capital punishment has always been a sacred sacrificial rite performed by religious specialists or public servants.
The Execution of Wanda JeanThe Execution of Wanda Jean chronicles the life-and-death battle of Wanda Jean Allen, the first black woman to be put to death in the United States in the modern era.
The Killing StateOver 7,000 people have been legally executed in the United States this century, and over 3,000 men and women now sit on death rows across the country awaiting the same fate. Since the Supreme Court temporarily halted capital punishment in 1972, the death penalty has returned with a vengeance.
The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful ExecutionIn 1989, Texas executed Carlos DeLuna, a poor Hispanic man with childlike intelligence, for the murder of Wanda Lopez, a convenience store clerk. His execution passed unnoticed for many years until a team of Columbia Law School faculty and students almost accidentally chose to investigate his case and found that DeLuna almost certainly was innocent.
Through the Eyes of a Lost SoulThis collection of writings is an extremely candid and vivid look into the mind, emotions, thoughts and experiences of one of Texas Death Row’s most valiant, and on Amazon undervalued, political prisoners.
When the State KillsIs capital punishment just? Does it deter people from murder? What is the risk that we will execute innocent people? These are the usual questions at the heart of the increasingly heated debate about capital punishment in America. In this bold and impassioned book, Austin Sarat seeks to change the terms of that debate.
Wild JusticeFor two hundred years, the constitutionality of capital punishment had been axiomatic. But in 1962, Justice Arthur Goldberg and his clerk Alan Dershowitz dared to suggest otherwise, launching an underfunded band of civil rights attorneys on a quixotic crusade.
Women on Death RowTexas and Oklahoma are amongst many States where the word mercy is barely ever used and, in one instance, it was suggested that an execution was allowed to take place to boost an election campaign. Unsurprisingly, African-Americans appear to get less consideration than their white counterparts when it comes to applying the ultimate penalty.
Writing for their LivesGoing well beyond graphic descriptions of death row’s madness and suicide-inducing realities, Writing for Their Lives offers very powerful and harrowing accounts from prisoners rediscovering the value of life from within the brutality of the row.


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