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Author Sorensen, Jonathan R. (Jonathan Roger), 1965-

Title Lethal injection : capital punishment in Texas during the modern era / Jon Sorensen and Rocky LeAnn Pilgrim ; foreword by Evan J. Mandery
Edition First edition
Published Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 222 pages) : illustrations
Contents The modern era -- Deterrence : does it prevent others from committing murder? -- Incapacitation : does it keep them from killing again? -- Retribution : do they deserve to die? -- Administration : is the death penalty carried out impartially, reliably, and efficiently? -- Conclusion
Summary From the Publisher: Few state issues have attracted as much controversy and national attention as the application of the death penalty in Texas. In the years since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Texas has led the nation in passing death sentences and executing prisoners. The vigor with which Texas has implemented capital punishment has, however, raised more than a few questions. Why has Texas been so fervent in pursuing capital punishment? Has an aggressive death penalty produced any benefits? Have dangerous criminals been deterred? Have rights been trampled in the process and, most importantly, have innocents been executed? These important questions form the core of Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment in Texas during the Modern Era. This book is the first comprehensive empirical study of Texas's system of capital punishment in the modern era. Jon Sorensen and Rocky Pilgrim use a wealth of information gathered from formerly confidential prisoner records and a variety of statistical sources to test and challenge traditional preconceptions concerning racial bias, deterrence, guilt, and the application of capital punishment in this state. The results of their balanced analysis may surprise many who have followed the recent debate on this important issue
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-214) and index
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Subject Capital punishment -- Texas.
Lethal injection (Execution) -- Texas.
Punishment -- Texas.
Form Electronic book
Author Pilgrim, Rocky LeAnn, 1978-
ISBN 0292795785 (electronic bk.)
9780292795785 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)