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Death Penalty

A Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic Death Penalty.

Background Information

The death penalty, or capital punishment, refers to the government-sanctioned execution of individuals convicted of murder or other capital crimes. While legal in the United States, the death penalty is not utilized in all 50 states. Use the following sources to learn more about the death penalty.