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13 ways of looking at the death penalty

Marazziti, Mario, author

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  • Creator Mario Marazziti ; afterword by Paul Elie
  • Format Books
  • Publication
    • New York : Seven Stories Press, [2015]
  • Physical Details
    • 239 pages ; 19 cm
  • ISBNs 9781609805678, 1609805674
  • OCLC ocn894816584

Summary

  • "Nation states and communities throughout the world have reached certain decisions about capital punishment: It is the destruction of human life. It is ineffective as a deterrent for crime. It is an instrument the state uses to contain or eliminate its political adversaries. It is a tool of "justice" that disproportionality affects religious, social, and racial minorities. It is a sanction that cannot be fixed if unjustly applied. Yet the United States--along with countries notorious for human rights abuse--remains an advocate for the death penalty. In these thirteen pieces, Mario Marazziti exposes the profound inhumanity and irrationality of the death penalty in this country, and urges us to join virtually every other industrialized democracy in rendering capital punishment an abandoned practice belonging to a crueler time in human history. A polemical book, yes, yet one that brings together a wide range of stories to compel the heart as well the mind"--

Notes

  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-238).

Contents

  • Introduction -- Facts and figures -- Texas, capital of the death penalty -- Sant'Egidio and the birth of an international movement -- Timeline: from death to life -- Some thoughts on the origins and abolition of the death penalty -- Voices in the silence -- Curtis McCarty- a friend off death row -- Life row -- Between life and death: Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity -- The UN resolution: getting to "no" -- The innocents -- Thirteen ways to live without the death penalty
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