On the Issues


On the Issues

Mental Illness and Intellectual Disability

Published: Apr 01, 2011

Covers the def­i­n­i­tion of men­tal ill­ness, Supreme Court rul­ings relat­ed to insan­i­ty, men­tal ill­ness and intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty, and exam­ples of severe­ly men­tal­ly ill inmates who have been executed.…

On the Issues

Lethal Injection

Published: Mar 04, 2011

Covers the his­to­ry of lethal injec­tion, involve­ment of med­ical pro­fes­sion­als, court rul­ings, and recent prob­lems with drug avail­abil­i­ty and pro­to­col changes.…

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Reader’s Choice, Part II

Published: Jan 14, 2011

Answers read­ers’ ques­tions on crim­i­no­log­i­cal the­o­ries, meth­ods of exe­cu­tion, costs, and the future of the death penalty.…

On the Issues

Reader’s Choice, Part I

Published: Dec 17, 2010

Answers read­ers’ ques­tions on how pros­e­cu­tors decide to seek the death penal­ty, death-qual­i­fied juries, DNA test­ing, and Americans on death row in oth­er countries.…

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Published: Aug 18, 2010

Covers the vari­ety of vic­tims’ fam­i­lies’ reac­tions to the death penal­ty, the role of vic­tim’s fam­i­ly mem­bers in sen­tenc­ing deci­sions, and vic­tim impact statements.…