In This Timeless Time, Enhanced Ebook: Living and Dying on Death Row in America

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Apr 16, 2012 - Social Science - 256 pages
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In this stark and powerful book, Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian explore life on Death Row in Texas and in other states, as well as the convoluted and arbitrary judicial processes that populate all Death Rows. They document the capriciousness of capital punishment and capture the day-to-day experiences of Death Row inmates in the official "nonperiod" between sentencing and execution.

In the first section, "Pictures," ninety-two photographs taken during their fieldwork for the book and documentary film Death Row illustrate life on cell block J in Ellis Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections. The second section, "Words," further reveals the world of Death Row prisoners and offers an unflinching commentary on the judicial system and the fates of the men they met on the Row. The third section, "Working," addresses profound moral and ethical issues the authors have encountered throughout their careers documenting the Row.

Included in this enhanced ebook edition is Jackson and Christian's 1979 documentary film, Death Row.


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Preface On Death
In the J23 dayroom
A volleyball game in the cage
Hands and mirrors
Porters floorboys building tenders 13 Noise
Night Brandon Emily and George
Craziness and boredom
All the things a man might do on the
Sockets and glass
Nowhere land

Eight who were resentenced to life and are now doing time
Three who are still there one who was resentenced to life and then paroled and one who was set free after twentyone years and then exonerated
Twelve dead
Being there
Killable killers
Dangerous people
Good time and hard time
The prisoner Jack Smith and the late Excell White
Getting to
Elliss yellow line
Living space and killing space
The death house
Getting off the
Why execute?
Callins v James
Giving up on death
Bona fides
Why talk?
Brent Bullock Jr and Norman Mailer
Justice Thurgood Marshalls Dissent in Gregg v Georgia
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About the author (2012)

Bruce Jackson is James Agee Professor of American Culture and SUNY Distinguished Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is author of numerous books and films, including the book Pictures from a Drawer: Prison and the Art of Portraiture.

Diane Christian, a poet, scholar of religious literature, and recognized documentarian, is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Jackson and Christian cowrote Death Row in addition to producing and directing the film of the same name.

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