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Wounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-based Perspectives on the Death Penalty / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume presents perspectives of murder victims' family members, academics, and crime victims' advocates regarding an intensely debated issue about which surprisingly little information exists: the significance of capital punishment to murder victims' survivors. The book includes more than twenty chapters that examine a variety issues concerning these survivors, or co-victims, and the death penalty. These chapters present the personal accounts of victims' family members' experiences with the criminal justice system and examine relevant legal and research issues, including the use of victim impact evidence in capital trials, how the capital punishment process affects co-victims, what is known about the immediate and long-term needs of murder victims' survivors, and how those needs can be addressed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594600807
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Personal accounts : the experiences of co-victims of murder, other crime victims, and victim advocates
Ch. 1 Matters of life or death 17
Ch. 2 Feelings from the heart 33
Ch. 3 A tiger by the tail : the mother of a murder victim grapples with the death penalty 49
Ch. 4 The death sentence : for criminals or victims? 69
Ch. 5 Building a bridge 85
Ch. 6 Accidental death is fate, murder is pure evil 103
Ch. 7 Finding hope : one family's journey 111
Ch. 8 My journey and the riddle 127
Pt. II Legal perspectives
Ch. 9 Causing death and sustaining life : the law, capital punishment, and criminal homicide victims' survivors 141
Ch. 10 Victims, survivors, and the decisions to seek and impose death 161
Ch. 11 Extinguishing the victims' Payne or acquiescing to the "Demon of error" : confronting the role of victims in capital clemency proceedings 179
Ch. 12 Putting a square peg in a round hole : victims, retribution, and George Ryan's clemency 203
Pt. III Research perspectives
Ch. 13 The death penalty and the families of victims : an overview of research issues 235
Ch. 14 Secondary victimization among families of homicide victims : the impact of the justice process on co-victims' psychological adjustment and service utilization 253
Ch. 15 Their day in court : the role of murder victims' families in capital juror decision making 275
Ch. 16 Victim characteristics and victim impact evidence in South Carolina capital gases 297
Ch. 17 Is restitution possible for murder? - surviving family members speak 323
Ch. 18 Facilitated dialogue on death row : family members of murder victims and inmates share their experiences 349
Pt. IV Policy implications : capital punishment, criminal justice practices, and victim services
Ch. 19 Reaching out to the other side : defense-based victim outreach in capital cases 379
Ch. 20 Learning from homicide co-victims : a university-based project 397
Ch. 21 The process of healing and the trial as product : incompatibility, courts, and murder victim family members 411
Ch. 22 The impact of the death penalty on crime victims and those who serve them 431
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