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Death Penalty MitigationA Handbook for Mitigation Specialists, Investigators, Social Scientists, and Lawyers$
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Jose B. Ashford and Melissa Kupferberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195329469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329469.001.0001

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Theoretical Frameworks and Concepts for Guiding Social History Investigations

Theoretical Frameworks and Concepts for Guiding Social History Investigations

(p.75) 5 Theoretical Frameworks and Concepts for Guiding Social History Investigations
Death Penalty Mitigation

José B. Ashford

Melissa Kupferberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines key components of the mitigation investigation process. It identifies relevant formulations for collecting and organizing the biological, psychological, and social information needed in constructing a defendant's mitigation story. These formulations are part of the scientific protocol used by most mitigation investigators in developing explanations of various aspects of the offender's history and character. The chapter also introduces key concepts and principles from the life-course perspective, which affords mitigation professionals an excellent framework for guiding the data-collection process.

Keywords:   mitigation, defendants, life experiences, life-course perspective, capital offenders, mitigation practice

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