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Imprisoned by the PastWarren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty$
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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.001.0001

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A Moratorium Movement Emerges in the 1990s

A Moratorium Movement Emerges in the 1990s

Chapter 20 A Moratorium Movement Emerges in the 1990s
Imprisoned by the Past

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Oxford University Press

In the 1990s, as new voices spoke out against the death penalty and society discovered innocent people among the condemned, many Americans changed their views about capital punishment. Out of these voices and events emerged a new movement advocating for a death penalty moratorium to allow states to reassess capital punishment. Warren McCleskey’s case impacted this moratorium movement, which gained momentum from various events, including an American Bar Association Moratorium Resolution, the work of Illinois governor George Ryan, states adopting life without parole sentences, jurisdictions adopting moratorium resolutions, and a number of new studies about the death penalty.

Keywords:   moratorium movement, death penalty moratorium, ABA Moratorium Resolution, George Ryan, capital punishment, Illinois, life without parole, moratorium, death penalty

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