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America Without the Death Penalty
States Leading the Way
John F. Galliher, Larry W. Koch, David Patrick Keys, Teresa J. Guess

Northeastern University Press
2002 • 296 pp. 19 tables 6 x 9 1/4"
Criminal Justice / Law

$27.95 Paperback, 978-1-55553-639-8

“This work makes an interesting, carefully researched and timely addition to death-penalty scholarship. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.” —Library Journal

A provocative study, with a new preface, of the abolition of capital punishment in the twelve American states that have outlawed it.

In 2000, Governor George Ryan of Illinois, a Republican and a supporter of the death penalty, declared a moratorium on executions in his state. In 2003 he commuted the death sentences of all Illinois prisoners on death row. Ryan contended that the application of the death penalty in Illinois had been arbitrary and unfair, and he ignited a new round of debate over the appropriateness of execution. Nationwide surveys indicate that the number of Americans who favor the death penalty is declining. As the struggle over capital punishment rages on, twelve states and the District of Columbia have taken bold measures to eliminate the practice. This landmark study is the first to examine the history and motivations of those jurisdictions that abolished capital punishment and have resisted the move to reinstate death penalty statutes.

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“A necessary addition to one’s library on capital punishments and incarceration . . . instructive for those working toward the abolishment of the death penalty nationwide.”—CriminalDefense Weekly

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JOHN F. GALLIHER is Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri–Columbia and former president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. LARRY W. KOCH is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan–Flint. DAVID P. KEYS is Assistant Professor of Sociology at State University of New York, Plattsburgh. TERESA J. GUESS is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

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