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Those who support capital punishment often claim that they do so because it provides justice and closure for the victims’ families. In Capital Consequences, attorney Rachel King reminds us that there are other families and other victims who must be considered in the debate over the death penalty.

Combining a narrative voice with vivid, passionate, and painful accounts of the families of death row inmates, the book demonstrates that crimes that lead to death sentences also devastate the families of those convicted. These families, King argues, are the unseen victims of capital punishment.

King challenges readers to question the morality of a punishment that victimizes families of the condemned and ripples out through future generations. Chapters tell the stories of families that have lost life savings supporting an accused loved one, endured intense public scrutiny, been subjected to harassment by the media, and are struggling to live with the inhumane treatment that their loved ones receive on death row.  The author also explores the unique nature of the grief that these families suffer. Because their pain tends to elicit less attention and empathy than that of the crime victims’ families, King shows how it becomes much more desperate and isolating.

On a human level, this book is a powerful reminder that tragic events have tragic consequences that far outreach their immediate victims. At the same time, the accounts illustrate many of the flaws inherent in the judicial system—racial and economic bias, incompetent counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, the execution of juveniles, and wrongful convictions, some of which are only now being overturned because of recent advances in DNA technology.

Regardless of which side of the death penalty issue you are on, this book will lead you to pause and consider that all acts—criminal and retributive—have broader human implications than we are sometimes willing to realize.


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For opponents of the death penalty, the families of the condemned represent another class of victims that should be considered in the debate over capital punishment. It is their voices that are presented by King (of the American Civil Liberties Union's Capital Punishment Project) in this volume, which combines excerpts of interviews with narrative text in order to tell the stories of nine families who experienced the execution of a loved one.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

Norgard, Katherine
Beck, Elizabeth
King, Rachel
Rutgers University Press
Prisoners' families
Capital punishment
Criminals & Outlaws
Capital punishment -- United States.
Prisoners' families -- United States.
Sociology - General
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
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Trade Cloth
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9.5 x 6 in 1.54 oz

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