Full Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: A Long Bloody Past
The Abolition Movement
Why We Must Kill the Killers
CHAPTER 2: From Trial to Execution Chamber
How the System Works Today
The Capital Murder Trial
Jurors in Capital Murder Trials
The Sentencing Phase Instructions
The Appeals Process
CHAPTER 3: Is the Death Penalty Inhumane?
Between Sentencing and Execution: Life on Death Row
Waiting for the Executioner
The Execution Ritual
Cruelty from a Safe Distance
CHAPTER 4: Is the Death Penalty Cheaper than Life Imprisonment?
Why the Death Penalty is so Costly
Streamlining the System to Cut Costs
CHAPTER 5: Is the Death Penalty Fairly Applied?
Justice in Black and White
The Supreme Court's View of Race
Wrongful Conviction and Execution
Why Death is Different
CHAPTER 6: Does the Death Penalty Deter Potential Murderers?
Why Killing Doesn't Deter Killers
CHAPTER 7: Does the Public Support the Death Penalty?
The Dynamics of Public Opinion
What Drives Public Support?
Support for Alternative Punishments
CHAPTER 8: Is Killing Murderers Morally Justified?
Moral Philosophy and the Functions of Punishment
Moral Responsibility and Free Will
What about the Victims?
CHAPTER 9: The Politics and Future of Killing: Symbolism and Realism
The Politics of Killing
The Role of the Media
The Alternative to Killing: LWOP+R
The Message We Send