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  Capital punishment
Prisoners who have been sentenced to death are usually kept segregated from other prisoners in a special part of the prison, pending their execution.
As a result of this, Europe is a continent free of the death penalty in practice (all states having ratified the Sixth Protocol), with the sole exception of Belarus, which is not a member of the Council of Europe.
A Muslim may be sentenced to death under Shariah, Islamic law, for the murder of a Muslim, adultery if there are four witnesses, apostasy (deserting Islam), a third conviction for drinking alcohol and a fifth conviction for theft.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/c/ca/capital_punishment.html   (3229 words)

 Capital punishment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Although the death penalty was briefly banned in China between 747 and 759, the first country in the world to officially and permanently abolish the death penalty was the then-independent Granducato di Toscana (Tuscany).
Latvia retains the death penalty in extraordinary circumstances, and is the only member of the European Union not to have ratified the 13th Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights (which prohibits the death penalty in all circumstances).
As a result of this, Europe is a continent free of the death penalty in practice (all states having ratified the Sixth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights), with the sole exception of Belarus, which is not a member of the Council of Europe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Death_penalty   (5550 words)

 Death Sentence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Since the turn of the twentieth century, death sentenced inmates have largely been confined in separate areas of prisons, commonly referred to as "death rows." From early times, death row conditions were characterized by a pervasive emphasis on rigid security, isolation, limited movement, and austere conditions.
Death row inmates were permitted to eat with other prisoners and, eventually, with the exception of separate housing, were fully integrated into the regular prisoner population (Murton, 1969).
Although housing capital offenders on death rows completely isolated for other prisoners may have been warranted decades ago when there was a relatively short period of time between sentencing and imposition of the penalty, the Missouri mainstreaming experience suggests that correctional administrators may wish to reconsider whether the practice continues to be appropriate today.
www.corrections.state.mo.us /division/adult/deathsentence.htm   (5871 words)

 Death Row Fact Sheet - Florida Department of Corrections
Death Row inmates can be distinguished from other inmates by their orange t-shirts.
Death Row inmates younger than 16 at the time of their offense were adjudicated as adults in court proceedings.
- DOB 11/21/27, sentenced from Brevard County in 1989.
www.dc.state.fl.us /oth/deathrow   (1045 words)

 Death Row
Death Row and Executions: From the Arizona Department of Corrections; includes a roster of death row inmates; death penalty statistics; a history of the death penalty in Arizona; and a record of inmates receiving sentences of life imprisonment or death in Arizona from 1875 to 1967 and executions from 1910 to the present.
Capital Punishment: From the California Department of Corrections; includes a roster of death row inmates; death penalty statistics; a history of the death penalty in California; a record of inmates receiving sentences of death in California from 1893 to the present; and photos of death row facilities.
The Death Penalty in North Carolina: A history of the use of the death penalty in North Carolina since 1910, when the power to execute criminals for capital crimes was transferred from local authorities to the state.
justice.uaa.alaska.edu /death/deathrow.html   (4109 words)

 Message from the Prosecuting Attorney
Because the death sentence is so rarely carried out, whatever deterrent value that exists is lessened in years of appeals and due process.
Considering that a defendant sentenced to "life imprisonment" across the country actually serves on the average less than 8 years in prison, it is a good bet that "life without parole" will not have the meaning intended as years go by.
The 100+ death row inmates "innocent", "exonerated" and released, as trumpeted by anti-death penalty activists, is a fraud.
www.clarkprosecutor.org /html/death/death.htm   (600 words)

 Facts about Deterrence and the Death Penalty
Since the death penalty was reinstated, over 80% of all executions have occurred in the South, the region with the highest murder rate.
Michigan has not had the death penalty for 158 years, and voters have not addressed the issue since its abolition was included in the 1963 revision of the state constitution.
Death penalty states usually have a higher murder rate than their neighboring non-death penalty states.
www.deathpenaltyinfo.org /article.php?scid=12&did=167   (3310 words)

 Death Sentence
Death sentences handed down this year are expected to be less than half the 282 imposed in 1999.
Such a sentence is the most just, practical and economical sentence for those convicted of the most heinous crimes.
And unlike the death penalty, it is reversible in the case of an innocent person wrongly convicted.
www.freep.com /voices/editorials/edeath20e_20041220.htm   (321 words)

 U.S.: Commute Texas Death Sentence (Human Rights Watch, 13-8-2001)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The death penalty is not an appropriate sentence for a crime committed as a child.
If his death sentence is carried out, Beazley will become the eighteenth juvenile offender to be executed nationwide and the tenth in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Nine were given sentences of death in 1999, and last year capital punishment was imposed on six persons for crimes they were found to have committed as children.
www.hrw.org /press/2001/08/beazley0801.htm   (381 words)

 Court TV Legal Documents: The Death Penalty
It affirms the death sentence of a state inmate for the first time since such sentences were invalidated as the result of the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court case Furman v.
He also contended that such a stance could undermine the whole death penalty statute, since defendants might challenge the law by arguing that it was not being enforced uniformly throughout the state.
Because of the significance of Ross' case -- he is the first man sentenced to death in Connecticut in over a quarter of a century -- and its potential legal precedent, the editors of The Connecticut Law Tribune decided that it was important to understand Ross' decision to accept death for his crimes.
www.courttv.com /map/library/capital   (2081 words)

 Arkansas News Bureau - Death penalty sentence upheld by court
Robbins was sentenced to death for killing Bethany White in Jonesboro after she planned to end their yearlong relationship.
In the dissenting opinion, Justice Ray Thornton wrote that he could not support the death sentence because the inconsistencies on the jury form make it impossible to determine whether the jury complied with state statutes.
Robbins' death sentence appeal is ironic because it was his decision to waive his rights after the death sentence that caused the state Supreme Court in 2001 to order automatic reviews of all death-row cases.
www.arkansasnews.com /archive/2004/02/27/News/132481.html   (455 words)

 Death Penalty Information Center
Two of those aggravating factors were later deemed invalid by the California Supreme Court and, in a later appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit threw out Sanders' death sentence because jurors may have been unfairly swayed by the invalid special circumstances.
October 10th was World Day Against the Death Penalty, an occassion that Amnesty International used to urge abolition of the death penalty in all African states.
Huerstel, who was 17-years-old at the time the crime was committed, was orignally convicted along with a co-defendant and both were sentenced to death in 2001.
www.deathpenaltyinfo.org   (819 words)

 Iran: Girl With Mental Age of Eight Given Death Sentence After Mother Forced Her Into Prostitution From Early Age   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
According to a Tehran newspaper report of 28 November, she was sentenced to death by a court in the central Iranian city of Arak and the sentence has now been passed to the Supreme Court for confirmation.
Leyla M was reportedly sentenced to death on charges of “acts contrary to chastity” by controlling a brothel, having intercourse with blood relatives and giving birth to an illegitimate child.
However, she has apparently never been examined by the court-appointed doctors, and was sentenced to death solely on the basis of her explicit confessions, without consideration of her background or mental health.
www.amnesty.org.uk /news/press/15803.shtml   (972 words)

 American Civil Liberties Union
The death penalty is the greatest denial of civil liberties.
Where a death sentence is sought often determines whether a defendant is sentenced to death more than the circumstances of the crime.
The 982nd death row inmate was executed by the state of Texas on Sept. 14, 2005.
www.aclu.org /death-penalty   (403 words)

 Bureau of Justice Statistics Capital Punishment Statistics
The number of prisoners under sentence of death at yearend 2003 decreased for the third consecutive year.
Since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, white inmates have made up more than half of the number under sentence of death.
At yearend, the youngest inmate under sentence of death was 19; the oldest was 88.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov /bjs/cp.htm   (525 words)

 Court upholds 'double jeopardy' death sentence | csmonitor.com
At issue was whether the defendant's death sentence was barred by the constitutional prohibition against double jeopardy.
Under Pennsylvania law, the trial judge is required to impose a life sentence when the jury is unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the capital sentencing phase of the trial.
The majority ruled that Pennsylvania's system of requiring a default life sentence is not the same for purposes of double jeopardy as an outright acquittal of the charges.
www.csmonitor.com /2003/0115/p02s01-usju.html   (676 words)

 Bureau of Justice Statistics Capital Punishment, 1999
The 325 Hispanic inmates under sentence of death accounted for 10% of inmates with a known ethnicity.
Fifty women were under a sentence of death in 1999, up from 35 in 1990.
Trends in the number of executions and the number of persons under sentence of death are available from the Capital Punishment section of Key Facts at a Glance.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov /bjs/abstract/cp99.htm   (231 words)

 China Commutes Tibetan Monk's Death Sentence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Chinese authorities have commuted the death sentence of a Tibetan spiritual leader, ordering him instead to spend the rest of his life in prison.
He was sentenced to death, but the sentence was then postponed for two years.
She says her group believes the real reason for the reprieve of the death sentence was the international pressure brought on Beijing by governments and private organizations.
www.voanews.com /english/2005-01-26-voa12.cfm   (438 words)

 The Ethics Site. Abortion, Euthanasia, Death Penalty, Bioethics, Kant, Aristotle, relativism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Kemp (1987), in which the Supreme Court's ruled that racial bias was not sufficient ground for overturning a death sentence, as long as punishment is seen as retribution and as long as defendants do not receive more punishment than they deserve; Brian Calvert, in "Retribution, Arbitrariness and the Death Penalty," Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol.
140-165, which argues that the administration of the death penalty is arbitrary because there is not a sufficiently clear distinction in kind between murders that deserve execution and murders that deserve life imprisonment.
The book is an examination of the costs and consequences of the death penalty and questions the justice it gives to society, and has received much acclaim for its insight into the death penalty.
ethics.acusd.edu /Applied/deathpenalty   (3652 words)

 The Death Penalty - Amnesty International
The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.
When AI convened an International Conference on the Death Penalty in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1977, just 16 countries had abolished capital punishment for all crimes.
AI is a member of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, a coalition that unites national and international human rights organizations, bar associations, trade unions and local and regional authorities in an effort to rid the world of the death penalty.
web.amnesty.org /pages/deathpenalty-index-eng   (227 words)

 Pro-death penalty.com
It is simply because people who are adamantly opposed to the death penalty tend to take an activist stance and become involved in working to stop the death penalty.
For the most part, people who support the death penalty do so quietly, in their own minds and feel no need to do so in any public fashion.
There are over 3500 inmates currently on death row, and many have multiple victims so the database will eventually contain about five times as many names as it currently has.
www.prodeathpenalty.com   (420 words)

 China: Thousands sentenced to death after unfair trials   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Defendants in capital cases are likely to be sentenced to death by a judge with minimal or no legal expertise, the same judges who are often under political pressure to be enforcing the rule of the Party, rather than the rule of law.
A defendant's appeal against a death sentence can amount to a summary administrative procedure held behind closed doors, with final review and approval for an execution given by the same court that rejected the appeal.
Gong Shengliang, a Christian pastor who was also subjected to a blatantly unfair trial and sentenced to death, only to have his sentence reduced to life on appeal.
www.amnesty.org.uk /deliver/document/15264.html   (1033 words)

 Nigerian Woman's Adultery Death Sentence Thrown Out   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
A sharia appeals court recently overturned the death sentence of Safiya Husaini, 35, who had been ordered stoned to death after being convicted of adultery.
But, in fact, just as the decision to throw out Safiya's conviction was announced, it was revealed that another divorced woman had been sentenced to death after being convicted of adultery by an Islamic court.
The Nigerian justice minister insisted that it is illegal for sharia courts to impose harsher sentences on Muslims than the national law allowed for.
www.equityfeminism.com /articles/2002/000048.html   (239 words)

 US Death Penalty
Georgia, 408 U.S. The US death penalty was re-established state by state until Utah became the first state to execute a prisoner (Gary Gilmore, executed by firing squad in 1977) since the ban.
Of the 3,557 inmates under a sentence of death at year-end 2002, 8% had previously been convicted of a homicide.
Regardless of where a person stands on this issue, one must admit that not only is the death penalty still arbitrarily applied, but that also it is obvious that not all death row inmates will be executed due to the slowness of the appeals process.
groups.msn.com /usdeathpenalty   (292 words)

 CNN.com - 'Fatwa' not an automatic death sentence - Nov. 26, 2002
Such is the case with the fatwa issued by Zamfara state in northern Nigeria calling for the death of a journalist whose writing about the Miss World pageant was followed by deadly riots.
Although the wording does not seem to equivocate, the fatwa is not necessarily a blanket death sentence, said Gordon D. Newby, a professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory University.
Although the pronouncement against the journalist might seem designed to incite her death, he said, killing her without a court giving her a chance to recant would not be legal under Islamic law.
edition.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/africa/11/26/fatwa.info/index.html   (590 words)

 Peterson sentenced to death
Scott Peterson, the Modesto man whose life played out in a courtroom last year like a sordid soap opera, was sentenced during a fury- and grief-filled hearing today to die in San Quentin's death chamber for murdering his wife, Laci, and unborn son.
Peterson was sentenced to death after his defense attorneys asked the judge to throw out the conviction of the 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman and grant him a new trial.
The average death penalty appeal takes 18 years before an inmate is put to death.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/03/16/peterson16.TMP   (1422 words)

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