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
Online Databases (RHC Students
version for printing
Web Site Links
American Civil Liberties Union -
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.
Angel on Death Row
Pro and con arguments, interviews, cases, and a death
penalty chronology are presented. Based on "The real life
cases in Dead Man Walking."
Capital Punishment Statistics
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
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
Penalty News and Updates
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).
The High 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.
Databases (Rio Hondo Students only) top
Rio Hondo College databases.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
An interesting database that provides chapters on the subject
from various perspectives, including historical and constitutional.
Health and Wellness Resource Center
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 punishment
Call number: Ref HV8694.G76 1998
Encyclopedia of crime & justice
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
Wests encyclopedia of American law
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
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
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
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
The Rio Hondo College Library
provides online access to full-text articles through our
online databases. Please note: you must be a Rio Hondo College
student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.
The sample searches
and articles below are from the
database. If you are viewing this
subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the
links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus,
first click here:
Input your student number and password [your birthdate]. You will see
a list of all the online databases to which you have access. Click on ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own
searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and
click on any of the links below:
SU(capital punishment) [from Peer-Reviewed Journals]
SU(capital punishment) AND SU(criminal sentences)
[from Peer-Reviewed Journals]
SU(capital punishment) AND SU(supreme court decisions)
[from Peer-Reviewed Journals]
Researched and evaluated by:
D. Yashar, Librarian 12/1997
update: D. Yashar, Librarian 8/2008
last update: D. Yashar, Librarian 9/2009