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NCJ Number: 118838 Find in a Library
Title: Pains of Life (From Facing the Death Penalty, P 193-197, 1989, Michael L Radelet, ed. -- See NCJ-118827)
Author(s): J M Giarratano
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Temple University Press
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6099
Sale Source: Temple University Press
1601 N. Broad Street
University Service Bldg., Room 305
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6099
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An inmate sentenced to death describes the physical and emotional aspects of his 9 years on death row.
Abstract: His days have been spent dealing with the guilt of having been convicted of taking the lives of two human beings; confronting the possibility of his own violent death; and coping with the anger, resentment, frustration, helplessness, and grief of having five friends executed. He has focused on trying to maintain his sanity, growing, and maintaining a sense of humanity in an environment he describes as being maintained specifically for the purpose of conveying a sense of hopelessness. Death row is isolated both from the outside world and also from the rest of the prison population. Contact with people other than death row inmates is limited. Visits with friends or family take place in an isolated cubicle the size of a telephone booth. He views these people and those making legal efforts on his behalf as continuing to acknowledge his humanity. He also describes his feelings when he expressed farewell to a friend about to be executed. He also expresses his awareness of the loss, anger, frustration, hatred, and despair of the family of his victims and says that he has learned that killing people is wrong. He expresses the yearning for touching and being with his loved ones and of his growing passion for life.
Main Term(s): Death row inmates
Index Term(s): Capital punishment; Inmate attitudes
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