The top ten death penalty myths: the politics of crime control

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Support for capital punishment in the United States rests on a number of myths, according to Gerber (a former judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals) and Johnson (justice studies, Arizona State U.). They identify ten of these myths and spend individual chapters debunking them. The myths include the ideas that capital punishment provides some form of communal expression of shared moral values, that the legal system rarely makes errors of guilt or innocence, that racial disparities are negligible in application of the death penalty, that capital punishment deters crime, that the death penalty is constitutionally acceptable, that executions can be humane, that they provide closure to victims' families, that the principle of retribution demands the death penalty, that the death penalty is a financially effective form of crime control, and that political advocates for the death penalty are sincere in their arguments. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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table_of_contents Introduction -- Death penalty history and the myth of community bonding -- The myth of the rule of law in capital cases -- The myth of equal justice -- The myth of deterrence -- The myth of fidelity to the Constitution -- The myth of humane execution -- The myth of closure -- The myth of retribution -- The myth of effective crime control -- The myth of the dedicated public servant -- Conclusion.
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title The top ten death penalty myths : the politics of crime control
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title_full The top ten death penalty myths : the politics of crime control / Rudolph J. Gerber and John M. Johnson ; foreword by Helen Prejean, The top ten death penalty myths [electronic resource] : the politics of crime control / Rudolph J. Gerber and John M. Johnson ; foreword by Helen Prejean
title_short The top ten death penalty myths :
title_sort top ten death penalty myths the politics of crime control
title_sub the politics of crime control