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In VOICES OF THE DEATH PENALTY DEBATE: A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, Russell G. Murphy examines all of the major issues raised by capital punishment from the unusual perspective of witness testimony at historic hearings in the State of New York on whether that State should impose the death penalty.

VOICES covers basic facts and figures, constitutional limits, justifications for the death penalty, costs and the prosecutorial process, racial bias, mental illness, the innocence phenomenon, and international approaches.

The power of the book comes from the 147 witnesses who testified: prosecutors and defense lawyers, forensic scientists, researchers, religious leaders, politicians, exonerated inmates, ordinary citizens, and more.

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