Capital punishment: the case for and against

Mark Button, Diana Bretherick

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In this chapter, one of the most contentious issues in criminal justice will be considered: the debate over the reintroduction of capital punishment for premeditated murder. Capital punishment was effectively abolished in the UK in 1964. Since then there have been periodic attempts in Parliament through private members bills to reintroduce capital punishment. This chapter will not explore those attempts at reintroduction; rather it will focus upon the debate and the arguments used for and against. The focus will be on the UK; however, debates in the UK often utilise research and examples from the other countries and therefore this chapter will do so too. Before we embark upon this, we first give a brief overview on the history and use of capital pinishment in the UK and abroad.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDebates in criminal justice: key themes and issues
EditorsTom Ellis, Stephen P. Savage
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780203804483
ISBN (Print)9780415445917
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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