"Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition"     Print Email

"Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition" by David Garland.  This author argues that fascination with death and mystery murders, combined with the strength of popular support for the institution of capital punishment, contrasts starkly with the situation in Europe, where the death penalty has been largely abolished -- and where popular sentiment often favors the death penalty (at least in polls) but is less relevant to the judicial process.  Recommended by The European Institute.