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The Death PenaltyA Worldwide Perspective$
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Roger Hood CBE QC (Hon) DCL FBA and Carolyn Hoyle

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228478.001.0001

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The Scope of Capital Punishment in Law

The Scope of Capital Punishment in Law

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The Death Penalty

Roger Hood

Carolyn Hoyle

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the scope of capital punishment in countries that retain it, especially with regard to their obligation to reserve it for only the most serious crimes. It reviews what is known about the range of offences that may be subject to capital punishment and the extent to which death sentences are imposed and carried out by execution. It considers the frequency with which retentionist countries impose death sentences and carry out executions. The chapter suggests that capital punishment is more rarely enforced than it is threatened, and that the trend in most retentionist states has been to employ executions less and less frequently.

Keywords:   offences, execution, serious crime, death sentence, retentionist states

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