Why We Need the Death Penalty

And What We Need to Do to Keep It

Authored by: Andrew Fulkerson

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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“I support the death penalty, warts and all.” This could be the refrain for many death penalty supporters. However, such a view may be argued to amount to tacit approval, not only of capital punishment, but approval of the warts as well. I support the death penalty for certain aggravated murders, but I do not support the warts, which must be addressed, at least in large measure, for this ultimate penalty to remain viable. This chapter will be a discussion of why we need the death penalty and what we must do in order to remove the warts, including geographical and racial disparity, cost, quality of capital legal defense, and the continuing controversies and litigation over methods of execution.

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