Moving Away from the Death Penalty
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Moving Away from the Death Penalty

Arguments, Trends and Perspectives

Capital punishment is irrevocable. It prohibits the correction of mistakes by the justice system and leaves no room for human error, with the gravest of consequences. There is no evidence of a deterrent effect of the death penalty. Those sacrificed on the altar of retributive justice are almost always the most vulnerable. This book covers a wide range of topics, from the discriminatory application of the death penalty, wrongful convictions, proven lack of deterrence effect, to legality of the capital punishment under international law and the morality of taking of human life.

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Author(s):
Damien Echols, Stephen Braga, Stephen Bright, Arif Bulkan, Usha Ramanathan, Alice Mogwe, Innocent Maja

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This chapter contains articles by geographically diverse authors showing that, all over the world, the death penalty disproportionately targets members of marginalised groups. Discrimination can be based on various characteristics— including racial, ethnic and cultural identity or mental disability—but poverty almost always plays a role.