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Document 029807
Alternatives to the Death Penalty Information Pack|Second Edition
Penal Reform International (PRI) (London, England); UK Aid (London, England).
"A short guide to the fundamental issues and arguments linked to introduction of alternative sanctions following abolition of the death penalty. It reviews current trends in the application of long-term and life imprisonment, highlighting relevant international and regional human rights standards and provides examples of good practice." Sections cover: the declining use of the death penalty; alternatives to the death penalty—a review of current practices—what a life sentence is, long and determi... Read More

70 pages
Document 031347
Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty
By Dieter, Richard C.. Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) (Washington, DC).
"In many respects, veterans in the United States are again receiving the respect and gratitude they deserve for having risked their lives and served their country. Wounded soldiers are welcomed home, and their courage in starting a new and difficult journey in civilian life is rightly applauded. But some veterans with debilitating scars from their time in combat have received a very different reception … Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who have committed heinous crimes presen... Read More

42 pages
Document 031294
The Death Penalty: Myths & Realities: Quick Answers to Common Questions
European Union (EU) (Brussels, Belgium). Penal Reform International (PRI) (London, England).
"Myths and Realities" provides ‘quick answers to common questions’ about the death penalty … The booklet is interactive in format – allowing readers to read the myth and turn over a flap to discover the reality. We hope it will be a useful guide for activists and advocates of abolition, giving them the arguments they need to tackle common pre- and misconceptions." Some of the 13 realities to the myths are: the death penalty doesn't keep people safer than other sentences; you can never be 100% su... Read More

58 pages
Document 031387
Prison Guards and the Death Penalty
By Long, Walter C.; Robertson, Oliver. European Union (EU) (Brussels, Belgium). Prison Reform International (PRI) (London, England).
This is an excellent primer on how correctional officers are deeply impacted by working on death row. It is essential reading for corrections professionals, policymakers, and the public. Sections of this paper include: introduction; guards on death row; interactions with prisoners; guards at executions; and conclusion. "Like murder, execution inflicts emotional and psychological damage on those linked to it. This can begin with anticipatory trauma when a court sets an execution date and the impa... Read More

4 pages
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