Capital punishment attracts strong and opposing moral positions: execution by the state under any condition is wrong versus execution as just retribution for heinous killing. Using evidence from legal history, this book rejects these moral arguments as a basis for determining the social value of the death penalty and considers the issue scientifically by determining whether capital punishment deters willful killing.
Alfred B. Heilbrun, Jr. is Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus and Distinguished Emeritus Fellow at Emory University. Professor Heilbrun holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa. He is also author of Criminal Dangerousness and the Risk of Violence and Stress and the Risk of Psychological Disorder in College Women, both from the University Press of America.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgment Chapter 2 Preface Part 3 Section I: Does the Death Penalty Deter Willful Killing?: Chapter 1. The Interminable Debate Regarding the Death Penalty; Chapter 2. The 45-Year Study of the Death Penalty and Deterrence; Chapter 3. Conceptual Lacunas in the Deterrence Evidence Part 4 Section II. Can the Death Penalty be Fairly Implemented?: Chapter 4. Fair Practice in Adjucating the Death Penalty: The Issue of Race; Chapter 5. Fair Practice in Adjucating the Death Penalty: The Issue of Gender; Chapter 6. Fair Practice in Adjucat Part 5 Section III. Putting it All Together: Chapter 8. A Verdict on the Death Penalty as a Deterrent to Murder; Chapter 9. Fairness in Adjucating the Death Penalty