To Kill and Be Killed: Case Studies from Florida's Death Row

To Kill and Be Killed: Case Studies from Florida's Death Row

by Betty Davis Miller, Kent S. Miller
     
 

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Michael Jost in the School Library Journal said: An excellent introduction to the multifaceted problems posed by the death penalty. The Millers lay out the issues in easily understood language, and provide a range of examples which include a Vietnam vet, a mental retardee/handicapped person, and a juvenile. Each chapter discusses the particular aspects of the broader…  See more details below

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Michael Jost in the School Library Journal said: An excellent introduction to the multifaceted problems posed by the death penalty. The Millers lay out the issues in easily understood language, and provide a range of examples which include a Vietnam vet, a mental retardee/handicapped person, and a juvenile. Each chapter discusses the particular aspects of the broader issue which affects that case. The Vietnam vet case study includes a biography of David Funchess, a description of his crime, an account of his stay on Death Row (including some poetry he wrote), and an account of reactions to his execution by one of his lawyers and relatives of his victims. Overview chapters, ``Is Justice Served?'' and ``Are Any Problems Solved?'' lead students to examine their own views. This is the kind of thought-provoking volume which elicits growth toward adult thinking in young adults.
This book provides an extraordinary resource and fresh light on an issue that shapes what kind of nation and people we want to be.

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Editorial Reviews

George B. Telford
Few matters are more consequential than the development of moral discernmennt. Few issues are more influential in shaping who we are as a society than whether or not we shall be a people ready to take a life that is not ours to take. These engrossing stories are poignant and illuminating for they display the universal nature of the prisoner's stories. This book combines, to a degeree unusual in contemporatry reflections on capital punishment, clarity and candidness, frankness ande compassion.
Henry Scwarzschild
What emerges from this book of case histories of people who are sentenced to death is the accidental nature of everything connected with capital punishment. What remains in the reader's mind is the humanness of the people on death row. In executing them, we (as a society) affirm that, precisely like them, we will kill human beings when it suits us.
Richard H Burr
A society that favors the death penalty as a polling question, but avoids thinking about it, presents a situation beset with shadows and ambiguity. Kent and Betty Miller have cut through the abstractions of the debate about the death penalty and, in very human terms, have presented the questions and doubts that swirl around the people on death row.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012915030
Publisher:
Hope Publishing House
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
118
File size:
76 KB

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Meet the Author

Kent S. Miller is a professor of psychology at Florida State University. Most of his professional work has been focused on mental disability law and relations between the mental health and criminal justice systems. Betty Davis Miller is the youth consultant for the State Library of Florida. She is responsible for the development of services and programs for children and young adults in Florida’s public libraries.
The Millers live in Tallahassee, Florida and are the parents of three grown daughters.

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