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Execution's Doorstep: True Stories of the Innocent and Near Damned
     

Execution's Doorstep: True Stories of the Innocent and Near Damned

by Leslie Lytle
 

ISBN-10: 1555536786

ISBN-13: 9781555536787

Pub. Date: 11/01/2008

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

Execution's Doorstep tells the true stories of five lives trapped in a living nightmare: sentenced to die for a crime they didn't commit. Since capital punishment was reinstated in the mid-1970s, over 120 individuals have been proven wholly innocent of the crimes for which they were sentenced to death. But this statistic, as horrifying as it is, does not begin

Overview

Execution's Doorstep tells the true stories of five lives trapped in a living nightmare: sentenced to die for a crime they didn't commit. Since capital punishment was reinstated in the mid-1970s, over 120 individuals have been proven wholly innocent of the crimes for which they were sentenced to death. But this statistic, as horrifying as it is, does not begin to tell the whole story. Leslie Lytle confronts the human suffering behind these miscarriages of justice in her effort to reveal how and why they occurred. Drawing on extensive interviews and archival research, Lytle guides the reader through the fateful crimes, the arrests, the trials, the incarcerations, the struggles to prove innocence, and the difficult readjustments to life in the free world. Execution's Doorstep is more than a gripping human-interest story. As Lytle shows, the criminal justice and capital punishment systems that we have established to protect us are fallible and subject to the same incompetencies, petty corruptions,and politicizations to which all human institutions are prone. As we relive these heart-rending stories of innocents damned, this book poses a simple question: can we trust the life and death of any man to a system run by men?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555536787
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Glossary of Context-Specific Death-Penalty Terms Ron Keine Juan Roberto Melendez Michael Ray Graham, Jr.
Madison Hobley Randal Padgett Conclusion Appendix: States Paying Restitution for Wrongful Convictions in Capital Cases Acknowledgments Notes Index

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