'The Death of a Policy': The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Capital punishment has been part of the criminal justice systems of this country since colonial times. Laws and methods of execution have changed, but thirty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Government retain the death penalty. The US Supreme Court held in 1972 that capital punishment as currently practiced is cruel and unusual and therefore unconstitutional. The paper provides an analysis of the court decision and holds that the death penalty can be restored under conditions that will withstand future Court review.
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