A Comparative Analysis of Capital Punishment provides a concise and detailed history of the death penalty. Incorporating and synthesizing public opinion data and empirical studies, Simon and Blaskovich's work compares, across societies, the types of offenses punishable by death, the level of public support for the death penalty, the forms the penalty takes, and the categories of persons exempt from punishment.
Rita J. Simon is a University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including A Comparative Perspective on Major Social Problems (Lexington Books, 2001), In Their Own Voices (with Rhonda Roorda, 2000), and Adoption Across Borders (with Howard Altstein, Rowman and Littlefield 2000). Dagny A. Blaskovich holds a Master's of Science in Justice, Law, and Society from American University. She currently works for the Chicago Police Department.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Religion and the Death Penalty Chapter 3 Countries That Have Abolished and Retained the Death Penalty Chapter 4 Public Opinion on the Death Penalty Chapter 5 Deterrence Chapter 6 Execution of Innocents Chapter 7 Genocide and Democide