The Practice of Execution in CanadaBook - 2010
It is easy to forget that the death penalty was an accepted aspectof Canadian culture and criminal justice until 1976. The Practiceof Execution in Canada is not about what led some to the gallowsand others to escape it. Rather, it examines how the routine ritualsand practices of execution can be seen as a crucial social institution.Drawing on hundreds of case files, Ken Leyton-Brown shows that fromtrial to interment, the practice of execution was constrained by lawand tradition. Despite this, however, the institution was not rigid.Criticism and reform pushed executions out of the public eye, and in sodoing, stripped them of meaningful ritual and made themnbsp;morevulnerable to criticism.