"Criminology: Death Penalty Resources" has an extensive list of links to websites both pro and anti capital punishment, as well as websites discussing death penalty laws, religious aspects and wrongful murder convictions. See: http://www.criminology.net/
"Status of the international covenants on human rights:
Question of the death penalty," UN Economic and Social
Council, 1998-JAN-16, at: http://www.unhchr.ch/
This lists the current status of the death penalty, worldwide.
The Michigan State University Libraries have a "Criminal Justice
Resources Home Page" with many links to sites with death penalty information.
List Verse has a group of "Top 10 lists" including one of "10 convicts presumed innocent after execution." See: http://listverse.com/
A summary of a 15 page annual report, prepared by the U.S. Department of Justice,
Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics lists statistical data about
capital punishment in the United States. The report was issued in 1994-DEC. See: http://sun.soci.niu.edu/
The The Death Row Page provides a central reference of death row prisoners' web
pages, or information on the net about their specific cases. See: http://w1.480.telia.com/
Walkalone is a unique web site. The webmaster has "...written
to a few death row inmates, some who claim their innocence and some
who admit to guilt, in hopes that they will contribute to a blog --
a simple record of what life is like for these men, what they face
on a day-to-day basis and what they hope to achieve before itís too
The American Civil Liberties Union is mounting an anti-death penalty campaign. They are calling on a
moratorium on future executions. They write: "Right now, more than 3,500 inmates sit on Death Row in America. Almost all are poor, and a wildly disproportionate number are people of color. In addition,
most had legal representation that ranged from inadequate to grossly incompetent."
The Natural Law Party opposes the death penalty and feels that the public would
agree if better programs aimed at crime prevention, prison rehabilitation, and prisoner
assessment were implemented. See:
Attorney James Lynch, Jr., suggests that the death penalty is
acceptable in the case of murder, only if the "defendant has the
requisite culpability, and the State cannot, beyond a reasonable
doubt, effective control defendant's behavior by mere incarceration."
We particularly recommend the following books. Most cost between $7 and $11:
Sr. Helen Prejean, "Dead man walking: An
eyewitness account of the death penalty in the United States,"
Vintage Books (1996)
Washington Post Book
World describes the book as: "An immensely moving
affirmation of the power of religious vocation...Stunning moral
clarity...a profound argument against capital punishment." You
can read reviews and/or safely order it from the online Amazon.com
Mark Constanzo, "Just Revenge: Costs and
Consequences of the Death Penalty," St. Martin's Press, (1998)
William J.Bowers, from Northeastern University comments: "If you want an
insightful, empirically grounded weighing of the pros and cons of the death penalty, this
book is the best place I know to find it." You
can read reviews/order it.
Lathleen O"Shea, "Women on the
row: Rd\eflections from both sides of the bars," Firebrand Books,
(2000). "...a slim but shattering volume of reflections by women,
some but not all of whom claim to be innocent, describing their lives
before and since being placed on death row." You
can read reviews/order it.
Gardner C. Hanks, "Against the Death Penalty:
Christian and Secular Arguments Against Capital Punishment," Herald Press,
Synopsis: "Drawing on Old and New Testament resources as well as
secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks shows that the death penalty harms rather than helps
any quest for a just, humane society." You can order it from Amazon.com
James J. Megivern, "The Death Penalty: an Historical
and Theological Survey," Herald Press, (1997)
history of theological, philosophical, legal and popular arguments about the viability of
capital punishment. The book shows how capital punishment has been ineffective and thus
implicitly argues for its elimination." You can order it from Amazon.com
Hugo A Bedau, Editor, "The Death Penalty in America:
Current Controversies," Oxford University (1997)
Synopsis: "The most
comprehensive reference book available on the subject presents original essays offering
extensive information on the issues, Supreme Court rulings, and practices involving the
death penalty, from a wide range of perspectives." You can order it from Amazon.com
Gail B Stewart, "The Death Penalty"
(Opposing Viewpoints Digests), Greenhaven Press, (1998).
Synopsis: "Reviews opposing arguments
regarding the death penalty, including whether or not it is just, deters murder, and is
applied fairly." You can order it from Amazon.com
You can order T-shirts and tank tops with anti-death penalty slogans: "An
eye for an eye makes the whole world blind," and "Why
do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?"
from Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, at: http://www.vadp.org/