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Living on death row : the psychology of waiting to die

Author: Hans Toch; James R Acker; Vincent Martin Bonventre
Publisher: Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Prisoners on death row spend 22 or more hours a day alone in cramped, barren cells. They have little to do except wait to die--without knowing if it will happen in days or decades. This extreme isolation combined with the omnipresent fear of death takes a severe psychological toll that is unnecessary, inhumane, and--in the eyes of many--unconstitutional. In this book, Hans Toch, James R. Acker, and Vincent Martin  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Toch; James R Acker; Vincent Martin Bonventre
ISBN: 9781433829000 1433829002
OCLC Number: 1008773975
Description: xxiii, 372 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / Jamie Fellner --
Introduction / Hans Toch, James R. Acker, Vincent Martin Bonventre --
I. Overview of death row conditions. Rethinking classification, programming, and housing for death row inmates / Jeanne Woodford --
Waiting alone to die / Terry A. Kupers --
Lessons in living and dying in the shadow of the death house : a review of ethnographic research on death row confinement / Robert Johnson, Gabe Whitbread --
II. Legal and policy issues. Death row solitary confinement and constitutional considerations / Fred Cohen --
The failure of a security rationale for death row / Mark D. Cunningham, Thomas J. Reidy, Jonathan R. Sorensen --
Execution "volunteers" : psychological and legal issues / Meredith Martin Rountree --
III. Concepts of time on death row. Psychological survival in isolation : tussling with time on death row / Ian O'Donnell --
Time on death row / Bruce Jackson, Diane Christian --
Spending time on death row : a case study / Gareth Evans, Eleanor Price, Amy Ludlow, Ruth Armstrong, Shadd Maruna, with Jonathan Reed --
IV. Stories of surviving death row and postexoneration trauma. Once numbered among the dead, now I live! / Joe D'Ambrosio with Rev. Neil Kookoothe --
"Dreaming that I'm swimming in the beautiful Caribbean Sea" : one man's story on surviving death row / Charles S. Lanier --
Continuing trauma and aftermath for exonerated death row survivors / Saundra D. Westervelt, Kimberly J. Cook --
Appendix. Rethinking death row : variations in the housing of individuals sentenced to death / the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program, Yale Law School.
Responsibility: edited by Hans Toch, James R. Acker, and Vincent Martin Bonventre.

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