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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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Conclusions and Research Needs

Conclusions and Research Needs

(p.183) Conclusions and Research Needs
Death Penalty Mitigation

José B. Ashford

Melissa Kupferberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and suggests directions for future research. This book has discussed legal concepts and issues that practitioners need to master in order to practice effectively in the field of capital mitigation. It has also presented frameworks from the social science literature that are useful for guiding social history investigations, themes for organizing mitigation narratives, and concepts for addressing research questions with implications for building knowledge in the field of capital sentencing. Given that the field of mitigation practice is in its early stages of development, it will need increased attention from social scientists if knowledge is going to advance in this highly specialized area of criminal law. One potential starting point would be to test many of the moral arguments described in this book that philosophers assume ought to reduce a person's moral culpability.

Keywords:   mitigation practice, mitigation professionals, social frameworks, blame, culpability, capital sentencing, moral culpability

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