Legal Lynching by Jesse Jackson
The Death Penalty and America's Future

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With public opinion polls showing opposition to the death penalty at its highest level in twenty years, this timely book by two of America’s most important civil rights leaders and the Nation’s criminal justice reporter makes a passionate and persuasive case against capital punishment. Combining a powerful moral argument with recent, overwhelming evidence of systematic legal error and widespread racial bias in death penalty cases, Legal Lynching directly attacks the basic claims of those—including our new president—who continue to insist on execution as a punitive solution for an increasing number of crimes. With the abolition of the death penalty in South Africa, the United States has become the last industrialized democracy to persist in state-sponsored execution.

Grounded in stories of those who were unjustly convicted and left to languish on death row, Legal Lynching is a moving, human book by America’s leading death penalty abolitionists.


About Jesse Jackson

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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. ran for president of the United States in 1984 and 1988. He is the founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Representative Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. has represented the Second District of Illinois in the United States Congress since 1995. Bruce Shapiro is a contributing editor at "The Nation and a national correspondent for He teaches at Yale University."
Published October 1, 2001 by New Press, The. 174 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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the supposed deterrent effect of the possibility of being put to death for crimes committed has done nothing to slow the rate of crime, they insist, while the states that most vigorously employ the death penalty are the ones whose rates of crime have been slowest to fall.

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"Today's executions are exercises in the engineering of death, the institutionalizing of death, the bureaucratizing of death," they conclude.

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