Executions in 2014: min. 607 plus 'thousands' in China

Specialized books in English language

DeathQuest IV: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Capital Punishement in the United States by Robert M. Bohm
This fourth edition of the first true textbook on the death penalty engages the reader with a full account of the arguments and issues surrounding capital punishment. This book begins with the history of the death penalty from colonial to modern times, and then examines the moral and legal arguments for and against capital punishment. It also provides an overview of major Supreme Court decisions and describes the legal process behind the death penalty. In addressing these issues, the author reviews recent developments in death penalty law and procedure, including ramifications of newer case law, such as that regarding using lethal injection as a method of execution. The author's motivation has been to understand what motivates the 'deathquest' of the American people, leading a large percentage of the public to support the death penalty. This book will educate readers so that whatever their death penalty opinions are, they are informed ones. This title includes comprehensive, unbiased review of developments in death penalty law and procedure, including new case law on death-eligible crimes and execution by lethal injection. It provides current data on costs, miscarriages of justice, discriminatory application, religion, and death penalty public opinion. It presents analysis of new research regarding the effectiveness of the death penalty in terms of deterrence, retribution, and incapacitation.
Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire by Robert Perkinson
In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. A pioneer in criminal justice severity—from assembly-line executions to supermax isolation, from mandatory sentencing to prison privatization—Texas is the most locked-down state in the most incarcerated country in the world. Texas Tough, a sweeping history of American imprisonment from the days of slavery to the present, explains how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric became a template for the nation. Drawing on the individual stories as well as authoritative research, Texas Tough reveals the true origins of America’s prison juggernaut and points toward a more just and humane future.
Amnesty International Report 2009 by Amnesty International
An invaluable annual reference guide to international human rights developments. Provides detailed reports on human rights violations world-wide and discusses major human rights developments during 2009.
The Next Frontier: National Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia (Studies in Crime and Public Policy) by David T. Johnson and Franklin E. Zimring
Today, two-thirds of the world's nations have abolished the death penalty, either officially or in practice, due mainly to the campaign to end state executions led by Western European nations. Will this success spread to Asia, where over 95 percent of executions now occur? Do Asian values and traditions support capital punishment, or will development and democratization end executions in the world's most rapidly developing region? David T. Johnson, an expert on law and society in Asia, and Franklin E. Zimring, a senior authority on capital punishment, combine detailed case studies of the death penalty in Asian nations with cross-national comparisons to identify the critical factors for the future of Asian death penalty policy.
Criminal Justice in the United States and Germany: Strafrecht in den Vereinigten Staaten und Deutschland by Manfred Berg, Stefan Kapsch und Franz Streng (publishers)
The first part of the book is about the history and development of the criminal justice in the US. Among other things it speaks about unequal treatment concerning race. The book also contains an approach to explaining the special factors in the Southern States and the death penalty.
This part of the book is written in English language.
The second part of the book tells about criminal justice and prevention measures in the Federal Republic of Germany. It also contains a description of the different forms of corrections in Germany.
This part of the book is written in German language.
Death Penalty in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (West Publishing)) by Victor Streib
Streib’s Death Penalty in a Nutshell covers both the substantive and the procedural law of the death penalty and begins with arguments for and against the death penalty and an explanation of its basic constitutional challenges and limitations. Professor Streib covers capital crimes and defenses, as well as trial level and post trial procedural issues. Other topics include race and gender bias, executing the innocent, and international and foreign law issues. This book, which serves both as supplemental reading for death penalty courses and as a concise, narrative explanation of death penalty law, is current as of July 2008. (DPIC)
Killing as Punishment: Reflections on the Death Penalty in America by Hugo Adam Bedau
Hugo Bedau has commanded a long and distinguished career as one of the most widely respected opponents of capital punishment. His work has addressed a variety of perspectives in the death penalty debate, from execution of the innocent to the philosophical and moral grounds for abolition. Now his essays from the last fifteen years appear together in one volume. More than simply a collection of previously published articles, Killing as Punishment represents a unified, interdisciplinary inquiry into several of the major empirical and normative issues raised by the death penalty. The essays have been revised and updated to survey the current state of the death penalty against the background of the past half-century, and are divided along two major axes: one detailing a range of facts raised by the
controversy over capital punishment, the other presenting a critical evaluation of the subject from a constitutional and ethical point of view.
Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the field, Bedau addresses topics that include strong public support for the death penalty, wrongful convictions in capital cases, the disappearance of executive clemency, constitutional arguments surrounding the Eight Amendment, and procedural reforms presently under consideration that move toward abolition. Throughout the book, Bedau's compelling reasoning and skillful writing combine to create a work of passionate conviction - and he does not flinch from bold stances, proposing, the elimination of the death penalty even for multiple and recidivist murderers. Though progress in abolishing capital punishment remains slow, Bedau's latest writings provide several benchmarks along the road traveled so far. This forthright exercise in applied ethics from a pre-eminent scholar will inspire sociologists, criminologists, legal professionals, historians, and philosophers to contemplate the value of state-sanctioned killing. Deeply informative, Bedau's thoughtful reflections on a controversial subject offer a sophisticated look at the death penalty and a new rationale to resist the attractions of killing as a punishment in our society.
Debating the Death Penalty: Should America Have Capital Punishment? the Experts on Both Sides Make Their Best Case by Hugo Adam Bedau
This book brings together seven experts--judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and philosophers--to debate the death penalty in a spirit of open inquiry and civil discussion. Here, as the contributors present their reasons for or against capital punishment, the multiple facets of the issue are revealed in clear and thought-provoking detail. Is the death penalty a viable deterrent to future crimes? Does the imposition of lesser penalties, such as life imprisonment, truly serve justice in cases of the worst offences? Does the Legal system discriminate against poor or minority defendants? Is the possibility of executing innocent persons sufficient grounds for abolition? In confronting such questions and making their arguments, the contributors marshal an impressive array of evidence, both statistical and from their own experiences working on death penalty cases.
Against the Death Penalty: International Initiatives and Implications (Law, Justice and Power) by Jon Yorke
This edited volume brings together leading scholars on the death penalty within international, regional and municipal law. It considers the intrinsic elements of both the promotion and demise of the punishment around the world, and provides analysis which contributes to the evolving abolitionist discourse.The contributors consider the current developments within the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the African Commission and the Commonwealth Caribbean, and engage with the emergence of regional norms promoting collective restriction and renunciation of the punishment. They investigate perspectives and questions for retentionist countries, focusing on the United States, China, Korea and Taiwan, and reveal the iniquities of contemporary capital judicial systems. Emphasis is placed on the issues of
transparency of municipal jurisdictions, the jurisprudence on the 'death row phenomenon' and the changing nature of public opinion. The volume surveys and critiques the arguments used to scrutinize the death penalty to then offer a detailed analysis of possible replacement sanctions.
On Crimes and Punishments by Cesare Beccaria, translated into English by David Young
In 1764 Beccaria published a brief but justly celebrated treatise 'Dei delitti e delle pene' (On Crimes and Punishments), which marked the high point of the Milan Enlightenment. In it, Beccaria put forth the first arguments ever made against the death penalty. His treatise was also the first full work of penology, advocating reform of the criminal law system. The book was the first full-scale work to tackle criminal reform and to suggest that criminal justice should conform to rational principles. It is a less theoretical work than the writings of Hugo Grotius, Samuel von Pufendorf and other comparable thinkers, and as much a work of advocacy as of theory. In this essay, Beccaria reflected the convictions of the Il Pavone group, who sought to cause reform through Enlightenment discourse. The book's serious message is put across in
a clear and animated style, based in particular upon a deep sense of humanity and of urgency at unjust suffering. This humane sentiment is what makes Beccaria appeal for rationality in the laws. Beccaria also argued against torture, believing it was cruel and unnecessary to treat another human that way.