Death Row: Interviews with Inmates, Their Families and Opponents of Capital Punishment

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Death Row contains thought-provoking interviews from opponents of the death penalty, as well as from inmates on death row.

Death Row is the inspired work of the impoverished Tennessee mother of Jeffrey Dicks, who languished on death row for a robbery he didn't commit and a murder he didn't even see. Shirley Dicks was inspired by the inequality of our justice system to publish these series of interviews by those who oppose the death penalty. ...

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Overview

Death Row contains thought-provoking interviews from opponents of the death penalty, as well as from inmates on death row.

Death Row is the inspired work of the impoverished Tennessee mother of Jeffrey Dicks, who languished on death row for a robbery he didn't commit and a murder he didn't even see. Shirley Dicks was inspired by the inequality of our justice system to publish these series of interviews by those who oppose the death penalty. This thought-provoking collection provides much insight on this controversial issue.

The United States' stand on the death penalty, in light of US leadership in human rights, appears to be a contradiction to the rest of the world. The methods of execution are sometimes extremely painful and not quick. An overwhelming percentage of those on death row are impoverished and would not be there if they had other resources besides desultory and ineffective court appointed counsel. These and other important issues are poignantly addressed.

Shirley Dicks was unable to hire a competent legal defense. At the trial the family was shocked when vital evidence was never presented to the jury. Jeff, who had no history of violent or criminal behavior, was convicted of murder and sentenced to die in Tennessee's electric chair. Jeff's loved ones never lost faith in his innocence, and they shared in his daily burden of deadly uncertainty and experienced the painful frustrations of their attempts to set him free. Unfortunately, Jeff died in prison in 1999 from inadequate medical treatment, which was several years after his conviction in 1978.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
...powerful and meaningful...a valuable addition
CrimeFacts.
...poignant and thought-provoking, the book exposes the contradiction between the struggle for human rights and the use of capital punishment
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595149100
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Dicks is the author of 12 books, which are listed on her website at www.shirleydicks.org . She lives in Beechgrove, Tennessee.

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