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Death Penalty Mitigation: A Handbook for Mitigation Specialists, Investigators, Social Scientists, and Lawyers

Jose B. Ashford and Melissa Kupferberg


This book provides an introduction to socio-legal forms of mitigation in capital sentencing. It examines scientific formulations, concepts, and frameworks for structuring social history investigations and assessments of moral culpability. A fundamental aim of this book is to provide mitigation professionals not only with an understanding of the context of mitigation in criminal justice thinking, but also ways of contextualizing issues of blame and culpability. Cases are used to illustrate how to identify, evaluate, and present mitigation evidence in assessing issues of culpability in the mitig ... More

Keywords: socio-legal forms, mitigation, capital sentencing, scientific formulations, criminal justice thinking, socialization, criminal propensities, socio-cultural deprivation, gang involvement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195329469
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jose B. Ashford, author
Arizona State University

Melissa Kupferberg, author
Tampa, Florida