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T HE EAGERLY awaited Report of this Commission, appointed in
1949 to explore all aspects of the challenging problem of capital
punishment, has finally appeared. On first inspection it is apparent
that this is a worthy addition to the long line of invaluable Royal Commission
Reports of the past on a host of problems. The impressive
membership of the Commission-including not only leading representatives
of the legal and medical professions but also of the career civil
service and arts and letters-the ambitious scope of the field studies
carried out, and the extensive comparative perspective sought by the
Commission have combined to produce a study which, irrespective of
one's agreement with the specific conclusions submitted, obviously
ranks as a monumental contribution to this area of criminology and
legal policy.

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Gowers Report, capital punishment