Machinery of Death: The Reality of America's Death Penalty Regime

Machinery of Death: The Reality of America's Death Penalty Regime

by David R. Dow
     
 

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.See more details below

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Barry Scheck
A thoughtful and compelling book written by people who struggle on the front lines with the machinery of death. It exposes the critical fault-lines: how race and poverty continue to matter; how innocent people can end up on death row; and how constitutional rights are routinely ignored by state and federal judges. Anyone who wants to know how the death penalty really works in America should read this book.
Library Journal
This volume brings together lawyers, prison officials, social workers, journalists, and the relatives of murder victims, who all have one thing in common: intimate knowledge of the machinery of death, that is, the rules and procedures leading to a decision to use capital punishment. Death penalty lawyer David R. Dow (George Butler Research Professor of Law, Univ. of Houston) and Mark Dow, a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, have compiled articles filled with compelling evidence that capital punishment is unfairly used against underprivileged minority males. Among the less surprising revelations are that everyone on death row lacks the money to hire a "Dream Team," politics often plays a role in the decision-making process, and the death penalty can be seen as a direct descendant of lynching and other forms of racial violence and racial oppression in America. Nearly all of the contributing authors express a concern for innocent persons being victimized through capital punishment. However, the evidence presented here also reveals that the true root of the problem with false convictions is the judicial system itself. Less historical and more an impassioned, firsthand survey than Stuart Banner's recent The Death Penalty: An American History, this book is recommended for specialized collections in criminal justice. Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780415932677
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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