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Capital Punishment in America

By (author) Raymond Paternoster
Format: Hardback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc, New York, United States
Imprint: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
Published: 31st May 1992
ISBN-10: 0669214094
ISBN-13: 9780669214093
Barcode No: 9780669214093
Paternoster reviews the history of execution in the US, the laws concerning capital punishment, and the arguments for and against the death penalty. He shows that the cost of executing a prisoner may actually be higher than jailing him for life, and that capital punishment as a deterrant is ineffective. Life imprisonment, he argues, without the possibility of parole and with mandatory restitution to the victim's family is a more effective policy than the death penalty. This sentence punishes the criminal, protects the public, save the taxpayer money and may ease the financial suffering of the victim's survivors. More importantly, such a policy would ensure that the goverment does not execute innocent people.

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