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date: 19 November 2017

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This article reviews the landscape of capital punishment as it now exists. Section I discusses the use of capital punishment internationally. Section II, reviews the use and characteristics of capital punishment in the United States. Section III discusses issues of race, and Section IV examines major Supreme Court decisions. Section V reviews arguments for and against capital punishment. Section VI discusses problems in the administration of capital punishment. Section VII discusses life without the possibility of parole. The article concludes with a discussion of what might be fruitful and important areas for future research, and a look at what the future of the death penalty might be.

Keywords: death penalty, race, Supreme Court, capital punishment administration, parole

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