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The death of innocents : an eyewitness account of wrongful executions

Author: Helen Prejean
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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"Sister Helen Prejean traces the historical underpinnings of executions in this country, demonstrating that it is no accident that over 80 percent of executions in the past twenty-five years have been carried out in the former slave states. She also raises profound constitutional questions about an appeals system that decides most death cases on procedural grounds without ever examining their merits." "To date, well  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Prejean
ISBN: 0679759484 9780679759485
OCLC Number: 63170237
Notes: Originally published: New York : Random House, ©2005.
Description: xvi, 310 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Dobie Gillis Williams --
Joseph O'Dell --
The machinery of death --
The death of innocence.
Responsibility: Helen Prejean.
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"Sister Helen Prejean traces the historical underpinnings of executions in this country, demonstrating that it is no accident that over 80 percent of executions in the past twenty-five years have been carried out in the former slave states. She also raises profound constitutional questions about an appeals system that decides most death cases on procedural grounds without ever examining their merits." "To date, well over one hundred wrongfully convicted persons have been freed from death row. If constitutional protections - due process, assistance of counsel, and equal justice under law - are truly being respected, how is it possible that these people were convicted in the first place? And how can we accept a system so rife with error?"--Jacket.

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Prejean's death to truth

by dudleysharp (WorldCat user published 2007-01-23) Poor Permalink
For some years, there has existed a consistent pattern, from death penalty opponents, to declare certain death row inmates to be actually innocent. Those claims have, consistently, been 70-83% in error.  ("ALL INNOCENCE ISSUES -- THE DEATH PENALTY")Keep that in mind with "Death of Innocents".Readers...
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