Understanding the Death Penalty Through Its Many Voices and Many SidesBook - 2010
The author assembles voices from all sides to present the full range of emotion, opinion, and consequence surrounding capital punishment and provides a balanced and broad understanding of the effects on the individual and on society.
Focusing on the human element in death penalty cases, Bohm (criminal justice and legal studies, U. of Central Florida) examines the process from arrest to trials to appeals in the context of its impact on and the role of homicide detectives, prosecutors, defense attorneys, jurors, judges, prison wardens, corrections officers and execution team members, execution witnesses and governors, and family members, with quotes and recollections from them throughout. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The author draws on input from attorneys, law enforcement professionals, perpetrators and families of victims to present the full range of emotion, opinion and consequence surrounding capital punishment.
Simon and Schuster
A unique approach to one of the most divisive and galvanizing subjects of our time: capital punishment
For nearly 250 years, scholars, legal experts, policymakers, and media pundits have discussed and debated the issues surrounding the death penalty. Is it a deterrent? What are the religious and retributive implications? What is the cost to society? Is it a cruel and unusual form of punishment? What impact does it have on the lives of those who, by duty or by choice, are involved in the process?
In this ground-breaking book, Robert Bohm answers these questions by going to the source: people who have been directly and powerfully affected by circumstances surrounding the enforcement of capital punishment. Focusing on several death penalty cases, Bohm assembles voices from all sides—attorneys, law enforcement professionals, families of victims, and perpetrators— in order to present the full range of emotion, opinion, and consequence surrounding capital punishment. In doing so, Bohm provides us with a truly balanced and broad understanding of the effects of capital punishment on the individual and on society as a whole. The Ultimate Sanction is essential reading for anyone interested in the criminal justice system.