The Death Penalty’s Demise, with Special Focus on the United States

Authored by: Robert M. Bohm

Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138651579
eBook ISBN: 9781315624723
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For the last four decades, worldwide use of the death penalty has been trending toward extinction. Although pockets of heavy death penalty use endure, most countries of the world either have abolished the death penalty or no longer impose it. Until the 2016 elections, the United States was part of the trend, but as will be argued later, the election of Donald Trump and other recent developments likely have slowed, if not put a halt to, the abolitionist movement’s hard-earned momentum in the United States. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the worldwide death penalty abolitionist effort, with special focus on the United States, and to evaluate the likelihood of the death penalty’s demise in light of recent developments.

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