Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America

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Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America

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This provocative book provides a comprehensive history of executions in the United States from colonial days to the present. Framing his analysis within the context of the politics of capital punishment and the role of the media in the death penalty debate, John D. Bessler begins by examining the transition from crowded public hangings in town squares to private executions behind prison walls. He then explores the origins and legislative rationales that led to statutory provisions mandating private, nighttime executions.

ISBN

978-1555533229

Publication Date

11-6-1997

Publisher

Northeastern University Press

City

Boston, MA

Keywords

capital punishment, death penalty, death row, execution, United States, US

Disciplines

Human Rights Law | Law | Law Enforcement and Corrections

Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America

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