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NCJ Number: 150802 Find in a Library
Title: Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States
Author(s): H Prejean
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 287
Sponsoring Agency: Random House
New York, NY 10022
Publication Number: ISBN 0-679-75131-9
Sale Source: Random House
201 East 50th Street
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book describes the experiences of a Roman Catholic nun who became a spiritual advisor to a death row inmate convicted of the murders of two teenagers.
Abstract: In the months preceding his execution, the author became acquainted with this convicted killer and began to understand the terrifying impact his death sentence had on him. In this condemnation of capital punishment, and her descriptions of the condemned inmates she has met, the author also acknowledges the pain and bereavement of the families of victims, as well as the emotions and position of the correctional personnel assigned to execute death row inmates. The book addresses the issue of capital punishment both from the perspectives of society's needs and of the religious imperative to forgive.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Abolishment of capital punishment; Religion; Victims of Crime
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