Description : The United States incarcerates far more people than any other country in the world, at rates nearly ten times higher than other liberal democracies. Indeed, while the U.S. is home to 5 percent of the world's population, it contains nearly 25 percent of its prisoners. But the extent of American cruelty goes beyond simply locking people up. At every stage of the criminal justice process - plea bargaining, sentencing, prison conditions, rehabilitation, parole, and societal reentry - the U.S. is harsher and more punitive than other comparable countries. In Unusually Cruel, Marc Morjé Howard argues that the American criminal justice and prison systems are exceptional - in a truly shameful way. Although other scholars have focused on the internal dynamics that have produced this massive carceral system, Howard provides the first sustained comparative analysis that shows just how far the U.S. lies outside the norm of established democracies. And, by highlighting how other countries successfully apply less punitive and more productive policies, he provides plausible solutions to addressing America's criminal justice quagmire.
Description : When the fingerprints of an executed killer are found at a new crime scene, Dr. Kay Scarpetta takes on her most terrifying case yet. By the author of All That Remains. 250,000 first printing. Lit Guild Main.
Description : The issue of capital punishment is a continually-debated issue because it calls into question the values and direction of society. How is a civilisation supposed to handle lawbreakers? Are some crimes so heinous and some people so dangerous that the death penalty is the only appropriate response? The United States Constitution prohibits 'cruel and unusual punishment', but opinions on whether that includes capital punishment are vehement on both sides. Many states have some form of death penalty, and public opinion seems to indicate support of it in principle. However, many firestorms have erupted recently over the application of the penalty, including the topics of its use on minors and those with mental disabilities. There are also questions raised about how much of a factor race plays in a capital sentence. Internationally, several countries have foresworn the death penalty, with certain countries in Europe and the Americas refusing to extradite criminal suspects (including suspected terrorists) to the US if capital punishment is a possible sentence. With such politically flammable and ethically challenging issues hanging over it, capital punishment is a vitally important issue t
Description : Drawing together an array of distinguished scholars from political science, criminology, sociology, and law, this volume examines the death penalty in the US.
Description : Discusses the history of the Eighth Amendment and capital punishment, offering court cases and essays to explore various points of view.
Description : Contents: (1) Definition of ¿Torture¿; Require. Concerning the Criminalization of Torture, the Avail. of Civil Redress for Victims of Torture, and Prohibiting Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment (CIDT) or Punishment; Enforcement and Monitoring Measures; (2) Implementation in the U.S.: Criminalization of Torture, and Avail. of Civil Redress for Acts of Torture Occurring Outside the U.S.; Prohibition on CIDT; Army Field Manual Restrictions on CIDT; Restrictions on Interrogation of Detainees by the CIA; Application of CAT and Its Implementing Legislation in Armed Conflicts; (3) British Interrogation Techniques (IT) Employed in Northern Ireland; Israeli IT Employed Against Palestinian Security Detainees.
Description : Unsurprisingly, much of the social science research agenda on the death penalty is centered in the United States, a country that permits federal government and state governments to use death as a punishment for homicide. Scholars designed the agenda to speak on issues thought to be important in the ongoing campaign against capital punishment. Here they have focused on the adequacy of the philosophical justifications and policy rationales offered in support of the death penalty, and have also examined the outcomes of capital punishment to determine whether the process lives up to certain legal and political standards. Recently the agenda of research has broadened with particular interest in understanding the social, political, and culture life of capital punishment. Scholars seek to understand the factors that shape and influence this particularly severe form of punishment.
Description : In the early 2020's, Jude, Olivia, and millions of others were childhood recipients of Qenetics's HealthyOne shot. This shot updated their genetics to correct childhood defects and improve physical fitness. Duke Jersey, the brilliant genetic scientist who started Qenetics, became the world's first multi-trillionaire. In 2026, Olivia is devastated by a carsurfing accident; a popular Malibu High School student is accidentally injured while on top of her car and her friends are now shunning her. She has no time to make amends because her father's employer, Qenetics, requires them to move to the Central Valley of California. Lonely beyond belief, she meets her new neighbor, Jude, who is captivated by her at first sight. A stray dog reveals to them that his actual name is Doug, and is in a panic because he has just escaped from Duke's intelligence experiment lab. Doug warns them of Duke's sinister plot to use Qenetics's new anti-flu serum as a cover for creating Homo ingenii, a trusting and highly-intelligent human species. Doug thinks any effort to stop Duke will fail, and would rather not be involved for personal reasons.
Description : Describes how threats of nuclear war are being replaced by weapons of mass destruction and potential biological and chemical terrorist attacks, carried out by violent extremists unconstrained by traditional ethics and politics.