PSY 469

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PSY 469
2013-09-11 02:23:55

the Death Penalty
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  1. Aggravating Factors
    circumstances of the crime or aspects of the defendant that increase the seriousness of the crime or the culpability of the defendant... most commonly used in criminal sentencing or death penalty decision-making
  2. Brutalization Effect
    the increase in the rate of murders in the weeks following an execution, in which the execution itself is believed to be the cause
  3. Death Qualification
    during vior dire in capital cases, the process during which jurors answer a series of questions about their willingness to vote for a death sentence if the defendant is guilty
  4. Guided Discretion
    the use of special instructions and procedures to control the discretion of jurors in capital murder trials
  5. Mitigating Factors
    circumstances surrounding a crime or characteristics of a criminal that lessen the degree of guilt or the severity of the crime.  These are relevant in criminal sentencing and death penalty decision-making
  6. Penalty Phase
    The second phase of a capital murder trial, during which jurors are asked to decide whether the defendant should be sentenced to life or death by execution