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The Death Penalty
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Outline I. History, Methods, and Current Practice II. The Debate III. Legal Developments A. The Eighth Amendment B. Furman & Gregg C. South Carolina’s Provisions D. Post-Gregg Decisions I. Special Issues A. Race B. DNA and Innocence
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Historical Use in America Transported from England First execution: Captain George Kendall, 1608 1608 -1929: over 10,500 executions Capital offenses included: witchcraft, blasphemy, theft, and adultery Methods in this early period—mostly hanging, attended by public Emergence of death by the electric chair
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Current Use No longer a public ceremony Lethal Injection most widely used (80% since 1976) Electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, and the firing squad are still on the books in some states Today, 38 states, the federal government, and the military have laws authorizing the DP Approximately 3,500 on Death Row 1.5% women 46% white, 42% African-American
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Arguments for and Against FOR AGAINST Retribution (proper moral response) Deterrence*
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