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A unique approach to one of the most divisive and galvanizing subjects of our time: capital punishment
For nearly 250 years, scholars, legal experts, policymakers, and media pundits have discussed and debated the issues surrounding the death penalty. Is it a deterrent? What are the religious and retributive implications? What is the cost to society? Is it a cruel and unusual form of punishment? What impact does it have on the lives of those who, by duty or by choice, are involved in the process?
In this ground-breaking book, Robert Bohm answers these questions by going to the source: people who have been directly and powerfully affected by circumstances surrounding the enforcement of capital punishment. Focusing on several death penalty cases, Bohm assembles voices from all sidesÃ¢â¬âattorneys, law enforcement professionals, families of victims, and perpetratorsÃ¢â¬â in order to present the full range of emotion, opinion, and consequence surrounding capital punishment. In doing so, Bohm provides us with a truly balanced and broad understanding of the effects of capital punishment on the individual and on society as a whole. The Ultimate Sanction is essential reading for anyone interested in the criminal justice system.