PREFACE CHAPTER ONE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FACTS AND HISTORY CHAPTER TWO DEATH PENALTY LAW CHAPTER THREE METHODOLOGY CHAPTER FOUR JUSTIFICATIONS FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: IS THE DEATH PENALTY EFFECTIVE? CHAPTER FIVE ALLEGED PROBLEMS WITH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: IS THE APPLICATION OF DEATH PENALTY PLAGUED BY BIAS, ERROR AND OTHER PROBLEMS? CHAPTER SIX DEATH PENALTY OPINION AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Matthew Robinson is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Appalachian State University. His main areas of interest include criminological theory, crime prevention, the death penalty, the war on drugs, and injustices of the criminal justice system. He is author of Justice Blind? Ideals and Realities of American Criminal Justice (Prentice Hall, 2005) and Why Crime? An Integrated Systems Theory of Antisocial Behavior (Prentice Hall, 2004). He is also Past President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association.