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Murdering Myths: The Story Behind the Death Penalty (Polemics)

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In the thirty years since the reinstatement of the death penalty, nearly 1,000 people have been executed, and over 3,500 people currently sit on death row in America's prisons. At the same time, a wide range of activists, scholars, and researchers have raised profound questions about the execution of innocent people, racial bias in sentencing, and capital punishment's failure to act as a deterrent. Why, then, do most Americans still support the death penalty? In Murdering Myths: The Story Behind the Death Penalty, Judith Kay goes beyond the hype and statistics to examine Americans' deep-seated beliefs about crime and punishment. She argues that Americans share a counter-productive idea of justice that punishment corrects bad behavior, suffering pays for wrong deeds, and victims' desire for revenge is natural and inevitable. Drawing on interviews with both victims and inmates, Kay shows how this belief harms perpetrators, victims, and society and calls for a new narrative that recognizes the humanity in all of us. Insightful and thought-provoking, Murdering Myths is a fresh look at one of the most contentious issues in American life.

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Kay (religion, U. of Puget Sound) looks at beliefs about crime and punishment in the US and concludes that Americans share a counterproductive idea of justice—that punishment corrects bad behavior, that suffering pays for crimes, and that victims' desire for revenge is natural and inevitable. She finds distortions in views on both the political left and the right that amount to a common difficulty: distinguishing a person from his or her conditioning. Drawing on interviews with victims and perpetrators, she shows how these cultural beliefs harm criminals, victims, and society, and she points to a different way of understanding and practicing justice.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In Murdering Myths: The Story Behind the Death Penalty, Judith Kay goes beyond the hype and statistics to examine Americans' deep-seated beliefs about crime and punishment. She argues that Americans share a counter-productive idea of justice--that punishment corrects bad behavior, suffering pays for wrong deeds, and victims' desire for revenge is natural and inevitable. Drawing on interviews with both victims and inmates, Kay shows how this belief harms perpetrators, victims, and society and calls for a new narrative that recognizes the humanity in all of us.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780742523364
Author:
Kay, Judith W
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Author:
Kay, Judith
Author:
Kay, Judith W.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Capital punishment
Subject:
Capital punishment -- United States.
Subject:
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
Copyright:
Series:
Polemics
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
209
Dimensions:
8.96x6.30x.66 in. .75 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » Prisons and Prisoners
History and Social Science » Crime » Punishment
History and Social Science » Politics » General

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"Synopsis" by , In Murdering Myths: The Story Behind the Death Penalty, Judith Kay goes beyond the hype and statistics to examine Americans' deep-seated beliefs about crime and punishment. She argues that Americans share a counter-productive idea of justice--that punishment corrects bad behavior, suffering pays for wrong deeds, and victims' desire for revenge is natural and inevitable. Drawing on interviews with both victims and inmates, Kay shows how this belief harms perpetrators, victims, and society and calls for a new narrative that recognizes the humanity in all of us.
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