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Against the Death Penalty – Writings from the First Abolitionists-Giuseppe Pelli and Cesare Beccaria - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Against the Death Penalty: Writings from the First Abolitionists-Giuseppe Pelli and Cesare Beccaria

Giuseppe Pelli


In 1764, a Milanese aristocrat named Cesare Beccaria created a sensation when he published On Crimes and Punishments. At its centre is a rejection of the death penalty as excessive, unnecessary, and pointless. Beccaria is deservedly regarded as the founding father of modern criminal law reform, yet he was not the first to argue for the abolition of the death penalty. This book presents the first English translation of the Florentine aristocrat Giuseppe Pelli's critique of capital punishment, written three years before Beccaria's treatise, but lost for more than two centuries in the Pelli famil ... More

Keywords: death penalty, criminal law reform, abolition, capital punishment, abolitionists, criminal justice system, Cesare Beccaria, Giuseppe Pelli, forced labour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691209883
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691209883.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giuseppe Pelli, author

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