Condemned to Die: Life Under Sentence of Death

Condemned to Die: Life Under Sentence of Death

by Robert Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9781351112376
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/21/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 146
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Robert Johnson is a professor of justice, law and criminology at American University, editor and publisher at BleakHouse Publishing, and an award-winning author of books and articles on crime and punishment, including works of social science, law, poetry, and fiction. He has written four social science books, including Condemned to Die: Life Under Sentence of Death and Death Work: A Study of the Modern Execution Process, which received the Outstanding Book Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Johnson has edited six social science books, including Life Without Parole: Living and Dying in Prison Today and A Woman Doing Life: Notes from a Prison for Women. Johnson has published extensively in professional journals, including law reviews, and has testified or provided expert affidavits on capital and other cases before U.S. state and federal courts, the U.S. Congress, and the European Commission of Human Rights. Johnson’s scholarship also features creative writing on crime and punishment. He is the author of one novel, Miller’s Revenge; four collections of original poems, most recently, A Zoo Near You; and one anthology of fiction, Lethal Rejection: Stories on Crime and Punishment. Johnson’s fiction has appeared in literary and fine arts publications. His short story, “The Practice of Killing,” won a national fiction contest sponsored by Wild Violet magazine. Another short story, “Cell Buddy,” was adapted for the stage and read at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Johnson’s independent literary press, BleakHouse Publishing, features creative writing, art, and photography on matters relating to social justice, showcasing the work of a wide range of writers and artists, among which are included current and former American University students as well as current and former state and federal prisoners. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Criminal Justice, Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York.

Table of Contents

Frontispiece: The Smell Came

FOREWORD BY ROBERT BOHM

PART I: THE DEATH SENTENCE AND THE CONDEMNED

1. MAN AGAINST HIMSELF: STUDYING THE HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

2. PATHWAYS TO DEATH ROW

PART II: THE EXPERIENCE OF DEATH ROW CONFINEMENT

3. ROOTS OF POWERLESSNESS

4. DEATH WORK AND THE CRUCIBLE OF FEAR

5. CONTEMPLATING EXECUTION

6. A LIVING DEATH

PART III: REFLECTIONS ON LIFE UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH AND THE LIMITS OF DEATH PENALTY REFORM

7. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: THE VIEW FROM DEATH ROW

AFTERWORD BY CRAIG HANEY

Epigram: Burnt Offerings

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