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William R. Wood

In: Corrections

Chapter 1: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty

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Capital Punishment/Death Penalty
Capital punishment/death penalty

There are many lively debates surrounding the ethics, efficacy, and policy implications of capital punishment as they pertain to its use within the United States. Globally, the United States is one of about 60 nations that regularly employ this type of punishment.

However, within the group of Western industrialized nations, it remains the only country that routinely puts people to death. To the extent that the United States shares similar legal and political systems with other Western industrialized countries, it has not followed the trend of most European and Western-hemisphere states that have abolished the use of capital punishment within the last four decades.

Historically, what has been called the exceptionalism of the United States is a relatively new phenomenon. While the ...

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