Ultimate Punishment by Scott Turow

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Turow bases his opinions on his experiences as a prosecutor and, in his years after leaving the United States Attorney's Office in Chicago, working on behalf of death-row inmates, as well as his two years on Illinois's Commission on Capital Punishment, charged by then-Gov. George Ryan with reviewing the state's death penalty system. Turow, a self-described "death penalty agnostic," presents both sides of the death penalty debate and admits that over time he seems to change sides, depending on the argument. Turow's reflections include:

Thoughts on victims' rights vs. community rights
Whether execution is a deterrent
The possible execution of an innocent person
If not the death penalty, what to do with the worst offenders