Publisher description for Who owns death? : capital punishment, the American conscience, and the end of executions / Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell ; [with a new afterword by the authors].


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In this timely book, Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell investigate the mindsets of individuals involved in the death penalty -- including prison wardens, prosecutors, jurors, religious figures, governors, judges, and relatives of murder victims -- and offer a textured look at a system that perpetuates the longstanding American habit of violence.

Richly rewarding and meticulously researched, Who Owns Death? explores the history of the death penalty in the United States, from hanging to lethal injection, and considers what this search for more "humane" executions reveals about us as individuals and as a society... and what the future of the death penalty holds for us all.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Capital punishment United States