This fifth 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. The 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. The book educates readers so that whatever their death penalty positions are, they are informed opinions.
Robert M. Bohm is a Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. A prolific author and speaker, Professor Bohm's work has appeared in numerous publications. He is a frequent presenter and speaker at meetings and seminars of a variety of professional associations, including the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Southern Criminal Justice Association. Professor Bohm is a past-president (1992-93) and Fellow (1999) of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, from which he has also received the Founder's Award (2001) and the Bruce Smith, Sr. Award (2008).
Contents Foreword Acknowledgments About the Author Preface Chapter 1 History of the Death Penalty in the United States: The Pre-Modern Period Chapter 2 Capital Punishment and the Supreme Court: The Pre-Modern Period Chapter 3 The Challenge to Capital Punishment's Legality Chapter 4 Capital Punishment and the Supreme Court: The Modern Period Chapter 5 The Death Penalty at the Federal Level, in the Military, and Globally Chapter 6 Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Death Row, and Methods of Execution Chapter 7 General Deterrence and the Death Penalty Chapter 8 Future Dangerousness, Incapacitation, and Economic Costs of Capital Punishment Chapter 9 Miscarriages of Justice and the Death Penalty Chapter 10 Arbitrariness and Discrimination in the Administration of the Death Penalty Chapter 11 Retribution, Religion, and Capital Punishment Chapter 12 American Death Penalty Opinion Appendix A References Subject Index