Bibliographic Details

The road to abolition? : the future of capital punishment in the United States / edited by Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Austin Sarat.

Imprint New York : New York University Press, c2009.
Description ix, 374 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Language English
Series Charles Hamilton Houston Institute series on race and justice
Subject Capital punishment -- United States.
Capital punishment.
United States.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Ogletree, Charles J.
Sarat, Austin.
ISBN 9780814762172 (cl : alk. paper)
0814762174 (cl : alk. paper)
9780814762189 (pb : alk. paper)
0814762182 (pb : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

This is the third collection of essays on the death penalty from Ogletree (Harvard Law School) and Sarat (Amherst College). The essays, organized into three sections, are as compelling in their analyses as those in the first two collections. The first section focuses, as the title indicates, on "Assessing the Prospects for Abolition." In general, the contributors offer guarded optimism that the death penalty may be abolished. Michael Radelet notes that empirical research undermines several key arguments in support of the death penalty, including the reality of innocence and racial bias. Simon Cole and Jay Aronson observe that empirical research may open some people to the need to rethink the legitimacy of the death penalty. Bernard Harcourt presents the case that by the middle of this century, the death penalty may be viewed as not unlike the use of torture; though some "rogue" nations may embrace the death penalty, the civilized world will have rejected it. Carol Steiker and Jordan Steiker argue that the death penalty might end more because of constriction (too costly to implement) than because of outright rejection. Three additional essays examine lethal injection. The index is excellent, and endnotes are substantive. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. M. A. Foley Marywood University

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