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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Psychology and the Law: Social Aspects

Cactus garden at Mesa County Fairgrounds by Jimmy Thomas

Databases Useful for Social/Psychology Aspects

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Choose "Request Item" to have books from ASU or WCU delivered to UNC Asheville via ABC Express.

To find books beyond our library network, try WorldCat.

Materials not held within our network can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Selected websites

Capital Punishment Statistics
from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The webpage also includes information on executions, trends, and time between imposition of death sentence and execution. Statistical tables summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status and offender demographic details.

Death Penalty Information Center
" a national non-profit organization serving the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. Founded in 1990, the Center promotes informed discussion of the death penalty by preparing in-depth reports, conducting briefings for journalists, and serving as a resource to those working on this issue." Click the Issues tab for statistics on the number and cost of executions in the US.

The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.
overviews and surveys of public opinion about the death penalty

Catholics Aganist the Death Penalty
"a growing collection of inspirational stories, ecclesial documents, news items, articles, books, and videos."

Innocence Project "The project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice."

The N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
"a non-partisan network of organizations and citizens across the state who work cooperatively to  reform North Carolina’s capital punishment system"

CQ Researcher
"CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day."  Reports include pro and con arguments, statical data and lists of additional readings.

ACLU Capital Punishment Project
"Works to abolish the death penalty nationally through direct representation as well as through strategic litigation, advocacy, public education, and mentoring and training programs for capital defense teams"

Image Credit

Top image, 'Cactus garden at Mesa County Fairgrounds' by Jimmy Thomas is a crop of the original and is used according to the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.