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“This book is an excellent primer on a subject that Americans are likely to debate for the foreseeable future.” --Bimonthly Review of Law Books Unlike every other western democracy in the world, capital punishment is an active part of the criminal justice system in the United States. By the end of 1992, 2,700 men and 41 women were living under the sentence of death in America. Executing the Mentally Ill examines the compelling case of Florida death-row inmate Alvin Ford, which led the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that executions of severely psychotic death-row inmates are in violation of the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. But how should mental illness be defined for purposes of exemption from execution? How should mental health ...

Alvin Ford and the Courts: Additional Issues
Alvin ford and the courts: Additional issues

When Alvin Ford was sentenced to death in 1975, it was not yet certain that the U.S. Supreme Court would approve the new death penalty statutes that had been passed in the wake of the 1972 Furman decision. Ford was already on death row when the Supreme Court approved Florida's revised capital statute in 1976.1 Hence, he was party to a large part of the extensive litigation regarding the constitutionality of capital punishment as it is presently practiced. While Alvin Ford's case centers on the issue of competence for execution, its story would be incomplete without a brief look at some of the major death penalty issues of the 1980s and 1990s ...

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