- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521715245
- ISBN-13: 978-0521715249
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Although a number of writers have discussed the problem and consequences of convicting the innocent and sentencing them to death, the authors of The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence take an interesting and decisively different approach in explaining the current state of the death penalty in the United States."
- Priscilla H. M. Zotti, Law and Politics Review
In theory, most Americans continue to support the death penalty. But since 1996, death sentences in America have declined more than 60 percent. The discovery of innocence, and the acknowledgment of fallibility of our justice system, may spell the end of capital punishment in America.
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There are many arguments against the death penalty, and it is troubling to many of us who have opposed it all of our lives that so many people in the USA continue to support it, even as the world has turned against it.
However, the idea that the system might execute an innocent person has a particular power to reach people in this country -- a power that is carefully researched in this book. As a new staffer for Witness to Innocence, working with people who served time on Death Row before their innocence was established, I have seen this power face to face. I have seen people have their minds changed as they listen to another human being who was sentenced to death, spent years or even decades on Death Row, and then were proven to be innocent.
Anyone reading this book will learn a lot not only about the death penalty, but about public opinion in the US.