Examines the historical and theoretical assumptions that have underpinned the discussion of capital punishment in the United States
David Garland is Professor of Sociology and Law at New York University. He is the author of Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition. Randall McGowen is Professor of History at the University of Oregon and co-author of The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd: Forgery and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century London. Michael Meranze is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of Laboratories of Virtue.