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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students
Web Site Links
Civil Liberties Union - Death Penalty
This abolitionist site contains articles on various aspects of the death penalty, particularly lethal injection, race and death penalty, habeas reform, and the execution of innocent people. A searchable database of ACLU news articles in also available. Extensive links to other death penalty sites.
Pro and con arguments, interviews, cases, and a death penalty chronology are presented. Based on "The real life cases in Dead Man Walking."
From the Bureau of Justice Statistics--the Annual BJS Capital Punishment Bulletin gives prisoner characteristics and movement on death sentence status ; statistics on race, executions, prisoners awaiting execution, and correctional populations are also included.
Penalty Information Center
Site maintained by the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit group serving the media and public on issues concerning capital punishment. Click on "Information Topics" on the page to find up-to-date facts and figures, a list of executions, the cost of executions, etc.
Penalty Information Web Site
Arguments for and against the death penalty, the stages in a capital case, history, methods of execution, state-by-state data, courtroom cases and additional links. Excellent site from Michigan State University.
Death Penalty News and
Includes information on current executions in the United States, death penalty-related news, statistics on executions by state, statistical summaries, and more. The site is against the death penalty and provides information on contacting U.S. law makers and on actions regarding the death penalty.
Human Rights-Death Penalty Links
Derechos Human Rights is a human rights organization maintaining a site that has regional information, pro death penalty arguments, abolition information, and a list of countries that have the death penalty (dated August 1997).
Cost of the Death Penalty to Taxpayers
The group Death Penalty Focus of California has calculated the cost of the death penalty in Los Angeles County.
Online Databases(Rio Hondo Students only)
Gale Virtual Reference Library http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/cclc_rio?db=GVRL
An interesting database that provides chapters on the subject from various perspectives, including historical and constitutional.
Health and Wellness Resource Center http://find.galegroup.com/menu/start?userGroupName=cclc_rio&prod=HWRC-2
This database provides a medical perspective about the subject and addresses the issue of doctors being involved in the process.
Controversies @ Facts.com
This database currently has "Lethal Injection" listed as one of its Issues in the Headlines, as well as other information found by searching for the subject.
This database already has 'capital punishment' selected as one of its 'leading issues' topics and further breaks it down into categories such as, religious aspects, juveniles, economic aspects and statistics.
The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.
Death penalty on trial : a handbook with cases, laws,
and documents (ABC-CLIO's on trial series)
Call number: Ref KF9227.C2G47 2005
Encyclopedia of capital
Call number: Ref HV8694.G76 1998
Encyclopedia of crime &
Call number: Ref HV6017.E52 2002
Encyclopedia of crime and punishment
Call number: Ref HV6017.E524 2002
Illustrated great decisions of the Supreme Court
Call number: Ref KF4549.M334 2006
Macmillan encyclopedia of death and dying
Call number: Ref HQ1073.M33 2003
Problems with death
Call number: Ref HQ1073.5.U6P76 2006
West’s encyclopedia of
Call number: Ref KF154.W47 2005
Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:
Capital punishment--Moral and ethical aspects
Capital punishment--Political aspects
Capital punishment--United States
The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.
Dead man walking
Call number: Video 001101
Honoring the request of a lonely and desperate man, Sister Helen Prejean writes to Matthew Poncelet, the condemned killer of two teenage lovers, and is wholly unprepared for the relationship which follows. When the date is set for Matthew's execution, he asks Sister Helen to be his spiritual advisor and she complies. As she comes to see the terrfied human beneath Matt's brash, unrepentant facade, she becomes increasingly disturbed, not only by his terrible anguish, but also by the rage of the victims' families. With the clock ticking away his final days, she struggles for the life, dignity and soul of a confused and angry man. It is her faith and courage that sustains her when she stands with Matthew and with the victims' families.
The death penalty : right or wrong?
Call number: Video 001221
Designed to encourage students to question and contemplate the issues involved in capital punishment.
Call number: Video 000499
Explores capital punishment through the story of Clifford Boggess, a 30-year-old who spent almost a decade on death row. In the United States, executions have become almost routine, especially in Texas, where Boggess, a pianist, artist, class valedictorian and convicted murderer awaited the execution chamber. And while he waited, the families of his two victims impatiently awaited his death in June 1998.
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases - http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm. Please note: you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.
The 3 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:
SU(capital punishment) [from
2. SU(capital punishment) AND SU(criminal sentences) [from Peer-Reviewed Journals]
3. SU(capital punishment) AND SU(supreme court decisions) [from Peer-Reviewed Journals]
Researched and evaluated by:
D. Yashar, Librarian 12/1997
last update: D. Yashar, Librarian 8/2008
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