Kiss of Death : America's Love Affair with the Death Penalty

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Kiss of Death : America's Love Affair with the Death Penalty

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 189 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9781555535667
  • DDC分類 364.660973

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Few issues provoke such intense feelings and strongly held views as does capital punishment. In this text, John D. Bessler skillfully interweaves the powerful life stories of death row prisoners, his own experiences as a pro-bono attorney on death penalty cases in Texas, and historical perspective to persuade the reader that state-sanctioned executions must be abolished in the US. Bessler's narrative asks if capital punishment has less to do with crime and more to do with vengeance and swift retribution - an eye-for-an-eye, a tooth-for-a-tooth. He argues convincingly that the death penalty is just another form of violence in an already too-violent society, and contends that sentencing capital offenders to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole is the best way to meet the needs of public safety while breaking the self-destructive cycle of violence. Placing the US's complex, ever-changing relationship with capital punishment within legal, cultural and historical contexts, Bessler dispels myths about the death penalty and addresses such subjects as racial discrimination in capital cases, wrongful convictions, the prominent role of guns in American life and in homicides, the issue of deterrence versus brutalization, the impact of executions on corrections officers and others in the criminal justice system, and the worldwide movement toward abolition. Also included is a call for televised executions as a means of exposing the reality of capital punishment to the public. "Kiss of Death" brings a fresh yet reasoned approach to an emotionally charged and contentious debate. It attempts to show why people should care - in fact, should be outraged - that government-sponsored killings are still taking place today.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    xi
Preface xiii
The Manhunt 1 (13)
In Cold Blood 14 (15)
Violence 29 (20)
A Love-Hate Relationship 49 (21)
The Machinery of Death 70 (32)
Men in Black 102 (19)
Epilogue 121 (14)
Notes 135 (40)
Index 175