See interactive site for Bessler death-penalty book

A new, interactive page walks viewers through the main themes of Against the Death Penalty, a new book edited by Professor John Bessler that contains U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer‘s landmark dissent in Glossip v. Gross.

In the 2015 death-penalty case, the court ruled, 5-4, that executions carried out using a three-drug cocktail do not constitute cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment.

The petitioners, death-row inmates in Oklahoma, claimed that one of the drugs, a sedative, failed to render a person insensate to pain; the two other drugs cause paralysis and cardiac arrest.

In his dissent, Justice Breyer wrote that “the death penalty, in and of itself, now likely constitutes a legally prohibited ‘cruel and unusual punishment'” and thus violates the Eighth Amendment.

The book was published this year by Brookings Institution Press.

Click here to view the interactive web page.

Learn more about Professor Bessler.

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