In the Shadow of Death: Restorative Justice and Death Row Families

Paperback | January 15, 2009

byElizabeth Beck, Sarah Britto, Arlene Andrews

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The press called Martin's actions a "crime spree." Terrified that his son would be sentenced to die, Martin's father Phillip committed suicide; ironically, the jury, moved by this desperate act, spared Martin's life. Phillip's story, like those of the other parents, siblings, children, andcousins chronicled here, vividly illustrates the precarious position occupied by capital offenders' families. Living in the shadow of death, they are crushed by trauma, grief, and helplessness. In this penetrating account of guilt and innocence, shame and triumph, devastating loss and ultimateredemption, their voices add a new dimension to the debate about capital punishment.These narratives are woven together by restorative justice theory, which holds offenders accountable while searching for ways to mend the communities and lives torn apart by their crimes and integrating offenders' families into the process of promoting justice and healing. What emerges from myriadin-depth interviews with offenders' and victims' families, legal teams, and leaders in the abolition and restorative justice movements is a vision of justice rooted in the social fabric of communities, showing that forgiveness and recovery are possible even after terrible crimes. While holdingvictims' stories sacred, this eye-opening book bridges the pain of living in the shadow of death with the possibility of a reparative form of justice. Anyone working with victims, offenders, and their families - from lawyers and social workers to mediators and activists - will find it indispensableto their efforts.

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The press called Martin's actions a "crime spree." Terrified that his son would be sentenced to die, Martin's father Phillip committed suicide; ironically, the jury, moved by this desperate act, spared Martin's life. Phillip's story, like those of the other parents, siblings, children, andcousins chronicled here, vividly illustrates th...

Elizabeth Beck is Associate Professor of Social Work, Georgia State University. Sarah Britto is Associate Professor of Law and Justice, Central Washington University. Arlene Andrews is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Institute for Families in Society, University of South Carolina.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Steve Earle: ForewordIntroductionPart One: The Shadow of Death1. Why do Offender's Family Matter?2. Understanding Restorative Justice3. Meet the FamiliesPart Two: Storytelling4. Death Penalty Trials5. "You Didn't Punish Him, You Punished Me"6. Children of the Condemned7. Psychological Distress of Family Members, and Family SystemsPart Three: Restorative Justice8. "Life is Different": Living with Outcomes other than the Death Sentence9. Organizing the Abolition10. Reaching Out11. Systems Failure12. Shining Light in the ShadowsAfterword