Chapter 20. The Death Penalty. the entrance to death row San Quentin, California. women’s death row: Central California Women’s Facility. capital punishment debate the PRO side. moral arguments retribution calls for death penalty utilitarian arguments (deterrence)
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The Death Penalty
extra $216,000 to prosecute; $2.16 million to execute
eg, by race, jurisdiction, even politics (see Houston)
eg, 1,000 murders to 1 execution
NO death penalty
WITH death penalty
execution of “insane”
execution of juveniles
populations & processes
execution of retarded
except in exceptional circumstances, lower federal courts must dismiss prisoner’s second and subsequent habeas corpus petitions.
% of all death sentences imposed
722 executions carried out since 1976