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Library Books About Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty - William Dudley
Call Number: 364.6 Death
Presents a collection of critical essays that debate the issue of the death penalty, and contains writing exercises that help students learn to organize ideas and arguments, collect research, prepare outlines, and compile drafts.

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The Death Penalty - Lauri S. Friedman
Call Number: 364.66 Death
Did you know that Idaho, Oklahoma, and Utah allow execution by firing squad? And that 65% of Americans favor the death penalty? Do murderers deserve to be executed? Do death row inmates have human rights? A collection of essays explores the issues surrounding capital punishment in the United States with opinions from a wide range of sources in a pro/con format.

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Death Penalty - Joann Bren Guernsey
Call Number: 364.6 Guernsey
Looks at the history of the death penalty, offers information about Supreme court cases and state laws about it, provides varying perspectives on issues related to it, and includes quotes, anecdotes, and discussion about the punishment which were originally published in "USA Today."

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The Death Penalty - Samuel Brenner
Call Number: 364.6 Death
Using examples of recent court case these essays present both sides of the debate over whether the death penalty should be reinstated in the United States, and examines issues such as forbidding the execution of mentally retarded persons and juveniles.

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Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime? - peggy j. parks
Call Number: 364.66 Parks
An exploration of controversies related to the death penalty that discusses the origins of the sentence and provides varying perspectives on how execution affects crime rate, the legal process' influence over the death penalty's deterrence effect, the effectiveness of capital punishment, and alternative punishments. Related topics include anti-death penalty movement, the appeals process, crime and the death penalty in Canada as a comparison to the US, inmates on death row, appeals of death sentences, Eighth Amendment, issues surrounding executions, the death penalty and homicides, the death penalty vs. life without parole, prison gangs, death penalty statistics in the United States by state, and the role of the Supreme Court and the death penalty.

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Capital Punishment - Alan Marzilli
Call Number: 364.66 Marzilli
Presents various points of view on the controversial topic of capital punishment, offering statistics, legal information, and studies to help better understand the complex issue. Includes current laws on capital punishment, citing legal cases and documents, and examples of supreme court cases and statutes that concern capital punishment and address elements of the argument.

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Capital Punishment - Robert V. Wolf
Call Number: 364.66 Wolf
Surveys the history of the death penalty, describes different methods of execution, and discusses the legal and ethical ramifications using case histories.

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The Death Penalty - peggy parks
Call Number: 364.6 Parks
Presents primary source quotes and facts related to the death penalty, discussing if the death penalty deters violent crime, if it is administered fairly, if mentally impaired criminals should be exempt, and if it is unconstitutional.

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Is the Death Penalty Just? - Peggy J. Park
Call Number: 364.6 Mooney
Examines issues related to the controversy around the death penalty.

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The Death Penalty - Nicola Barber
Call Number: 364.6 Barber
Discusses the debate over the death penalty.


Library DVDs & Streaming Videos About Death Penalty

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American Justice: Death Penalty - New VIdeo
Call Number: DVD 364.66 American
This program explores the arguments for and against capital punishment . Examine the difficult legal, political and religious issues involved through extensive interviews with experts on both sides of the debate. Get a unique insight into the personal side of capital punishment with an in-depth look at the case of Caryl Chessman, a rapist, kidnapper and jailhouse lawyer who appealed his sentence for twelve years. He was the last person put to death before capital punishment was declared unconstitutional in the 1960s.

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Inside death row - National Geographic
Call Number: DVD 364.66 Inside
This documentary take you into Texas State Penitentiary, also nicknamed Walls Unit, in Huntsville, Texas. Meet those scheduled to be executed in just weeks and learn how they struggle through each day knowing the exact date and hour of their death. Hear interviews with the families of the victims, those involved in the executions and find out how the residents of Huntsville feel about living in a town whose prison houses one of the most active execution chambers in the country.

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Sentenced to die : Capital punishment and the eighth amendment, 2nd edition - Close Up Publishing
Call Number: DVD 364.66 Sentenced
This video takes a look at capital punishment through gripping personal stories. The parents of Dawn Romano Garvin discuss their daughter's murder and share their thoughts on what they consider just punishment for a crime that shattered their lives. Clarence Lee Brandley recalls how he was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit and how a ten-year fight finally won him his freedom. Attorneys and investigators in both cases give behind-the-scenes-accounts of the trials and their investigations. In addition, legal experts provide analyses of the Eighth Amendment.

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The Empty chair : death penalty: yes or no :
Call Number: DVD 364.66 Empty
This video documents 4 stories of family members as they relive the horrible details of the murders. They express their rage at the justice system that renders them invisible, demand or denounce punishment by death and struggle to forgive and to heal.

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