ISBN13:978-1555536398 ISBN10: 1555536395 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-1555535292 ISBN10: 1555535291
Summary: In 2000 Governor George Ryan of Illinois a Republican and a supporter of the death penalty declared a moratorium on executions in his state. In 2003 he commuted the death sentences of all Illinois prisoners on death row. Ryan contended that the application of the death penalty in Illinois had been arbitrary and unfair and he ignited a new round of debate over the appropriateness of execution. Nationwide surveys indicate that the number of Americans who favor the death penalty is decl
ining. As the struggle over capital punishment rages on twelve states and the District of Columbia have taken bold measures to eliminate the practice. This landmark study is the first to examine the history and motivations of those jurisdictions that abolished capital punishment and have resisted the move to reinstate death penalty statutes.
Summary: In 2000 Governor George Ryan of Illinois a Republican and a supporter of the death penalty declared a moratorium on executions in his state. In 2003 he commuted the death sentences of all Illinois prisoners on death row. Ryan contended that the application of the death penalty in Illinois had been arbitrary and unfair and he ignited a new round of debate over the appropriateness of execution. Nationwide surveys indicate that the number of Americans who favor the death penalty is declining. As the struggle over capital punishment rages on twelve states and the District of Columbia have taken bold measures to eliminate the practice. This landmark study is the first to examine the history and motivations of those jurisdictions that abolished capital punishment and have resisted the move to reinstate death penalty statutes. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:02 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Northeastern University Press Published: 07/01/2005 International: No
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Teresa J. Guess is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. David Patrick Keys is Assistant Professor of Sociology at State University of New York Plattsburgh. Larry W. Koch is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan-Flint.
''This work makes an interesting carefully researched and timely addition to death-penalty scholarship. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.'' --Library Journal
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