Death Watch is a topical, up-to-date collection of death penalty journalism and personal essays. Drawing on the experiences and perspectives of Lane Nelson, a former death row inmate and current staff writer for "The Angolite," Louisiana's award winning prison news magazine, and Burk Foster, a University of Louisiana-Lafayette criminal justice professor and jail and prison expert witness, Death Watch looks at the death penalty as a legal process, a social reality, and a fundamental issue of public policy.The topics covered in this volume include: *how capital cases are different in the legal process *how death penalty offenders are selected *the selective application of the death penalty to women and juveniles *problems in providing competent counsel to death penalty defendants *medical issues related to organ donation and physician participation in executions *the execution of blacks for rape in the South *how the death penalty was imposed and carried out in the past *reflections on death row life by inmates under death sentence *the last words of men and women before execution *the dilemma of defending the innocent on death row *feature articles on two Louisiana inmates, Antonio James and John A. Brown, Jr., executed in 1996 and 1997 *the ethics of the death penalty today
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"...a very complete work...very well written. It has changed my personal belief about the death penalty."--James E Newman/Rio Hondo Community College "...it makes a reader really think more deeply about a controversial topic in our society. This work has a style of writing that very quickly captures the attention of the reader and holds it."--William E. Kelly/Auburn University "The fact that one of the authors--Lane Nelson--is a former death row inmate gives the text a credibility and perspective that is unique in sociology and criminal justice...offer the facts and perspectives from the inside in an easily accessible manner"--Charles Crawford/Western Michigan University
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