The Death Penalty

A Debate

  • Authors
  • Ernest van den Haag
  • John P. Conrad

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. John P. Conrad
    Pages 1-12
  3. Ernest van den Haag
    Pages 13-16
  4. Ernest van den Haag
    Pages 53-62
  5. Ernest van den Haag
    Pages 63-66
  6. Ernest van den Haag, John P. Conrad
    Pages 67-82
  7. John P. Conrad, Ernest van den Haag
    Pages 83-132
  8. John P. Conrad, Ernest van den Haag
    Pages 133-156
  9. Ernest van den Haag, John P. Conrad
    Pages 157-202
  10. Ernest van den Haag, John P. Conrad
    Pages 203-222
  11. Ernest van den Haag, John P. Conrad
    Pages 223-231
  12. Ernest van den Haag, John P. Conrad
    Pages 233-240
  13. Ernest van den Haag, John P. Conrad
    Pages 241-251
  14. Ernest van den Haag, John P. Conrad
    Pages 253-256
  15. Ernest van den Haag, John P. Conrad
    Pages 257-271
  16. Ernest van den Haag, John P. Conrad
    Pages 273-288
  17. John P. Conrad
    Pages 289-296
  18. Ernest van den Haag
    Pages 297-300
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 301-305

About this book

Introduction

From 1965 until 1980, there was a virtual moratorium on executions for capital offenses in the United States. This was due primarily to protracted legal proceedings challenging the death penalty on constitutional grounds. After much Sturm und Drang, the Supreme Court of the United States, by a divided vote, finally decided that "the death penalty does not invariably violate the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment." The Court's decisions, however, do not moot the controversy about the death penalty or render this excellent book irrelevant. The ball is now in the court of the Legislature and the Executive. Leg­ islatures, federal and state, can impose or abolish the death penalty, within the guidelines prescribed by the Supreme Court. A Chief Executive can commute a death sentence. And even the Supreme Court can change its mind, as it has done on many occasions and did, with respect to various aspects of the death penalty itself, durlog the moratorium period. Also, the people can change their minds. Some time ago, a majority, according to reliable polls, favored abolition. Today, a substantial majority favors imposition of the death penalty. The pendulum can swing again, as it has done in the past.

Keywords

abolitionist capital punishment death penalty deterrent effect of the death penalty

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-2787-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-41416-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2787-3
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