Villa & Morris’ Book on Capital Punishment

Bryan Vila is an associate professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California located in Irvine. Prior to becoming a member of the faculty of the University of California, Irvine, Vila had spent seventeen years in local and international law enforcement. Cynthia Morris, on the other hand, is a freelance writer adept with the requirements of providing an objective outlook to the debate on the use of capital punishment in the United States (Vila & Morris 1997).

The information provided in this book contains a historical account of the development of the debate of the use of the capital punishment as a form of punishment for individuals who have been found guilty in the commitment of heinous crimes by presenting various different documents to provide substantial materials to help educators and students to familiarize and comprehend what has been considered as the most controversial debates in every state and country (Vila & Morris 1997).

The editors clearly defined in the preface that they had meant that the book would provide an objective outlook on how and why the debate has become extremely controversial. The materials presented in this book would provide concrete examples of real-life situations that have occurred in relation to support the intended paper’s position to support the use of capital punishment in the United States.


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