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- DescriptionFew subjects are as intensely debated in the United States as the death penalty. Some form of capital punishment has existed in America for hundreds of years, yet the justification for carrying out the ultimate sentence is a continuing source of controversy. No Winners Here Tonight explores the history of the death penalty and the question of its fairness through the experience of a single state, Ohio, which, despite its moderate midwestern values, has long had one of the country\u2019s most active death chambers. In 1958, just four states accounted for half of the forty-eight executions carried out nationwide, each with six: California, Georgia, Ohio, and Texas. By the first decade of the new century, Ohio was second only to Texas in the number of people put to death each year. No Winners Here Tonight looks at this trend and determines that capital punishment has been carried out in an uneven fashion from its earliest days, with outcomes based t on blind justice but on the color of a person\u2019s skin, the whim of a local prosecutor, or the biases of the jury pool in the county in which a crime was committed. Andrew Welsh-Huggins\u2019s work is the only comprehensive study of the history of the death penalty in Ohio. His analysis concludes that the current law, crafted by lawmakers to punish the worst of the state\u2019s killers, doesn\u2019t come close to its intended purpose and instead varies widely in its implementation. Welsh-Huggins takes on this controversial topic evenhandedly and with respect for the humanity of the accused and the victim alike. This exploration of the law of capital punishment and its application will appeal to students of criminal justice as well as those with an interest in law and public policy.
- Author BiographyAndrew Welsh-Huggins is a reporter with the Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio.
- Author(s)Andrew Welsh-Huggins
- PublisherOhio University Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2009
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleLaw Society & Politics in the Midwest
- Place of PublicationOhio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOhio University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight458 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Series Edited byPaul Finkelman,L. Diane Barnes
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