Capital Punishment: An Indictment by a Death-Row Survivor

Capital Punishment: An Indictment by a Death-Row Survivor

by Billy Wayne Sinclair, Jodie Sinclair


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“A searing condemnation and a powerful guide to the futility and arrogance of the death penalty carried out in the name of justice.”

—Sister Helen Prejean

Billy Wayne Sinclair was only 21 when he heard the Louisiana judge pronounce these words: "I hereby sentence you to death in the electric chair."

It was the culmination of a botched holdup committed the year before in which Billy had accidentally shot and killed a man. Billy spent the next 40 years in Angola Prison - one of the country's worst - six of those years on death row.

When in 1972 the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty as arbitrary and capricious, Billy was re-sentenced to life without parole. Finally released in 2006, he now examines the death penalty in great detail, from ancient history - an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth - to the present.

Informed by his own experience and his decades-long studies, this book offers important information about, and insights into, a subject that is as heated and controversial today as it ever was.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611450347
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Billy Wayne Sinclair established himself in prison as a jailhouse lawyer, defending the rights of fellow prisoners, and as a journalist. Released from prison in 2006, he is a senior paralegal at the John T. Floyd Law Firm. He lives with his wife, Jodie, in Houston, Texas.

Jodie Sinclair, Billy Wayne Sinclair’s wife and coauthor, received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. She resides in Houston, Texas.

Sister Helen Prejean is a prison minister and the author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United State. and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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