Families of the Condemned Tell Their Stories
Book News For Immediate Release
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF DEATH ROW INMATES?
Those who support capital punishment often claim they do so because it provides justice and closure for the victims’ families. However, attorney Rachel King reminds us that there are other victims who must be considered in the debate over the death penalty – the families of the condemned.
Capital Consequences: Families of the Condemned Tell Their Stories
(Rutgers University Press) challenges readers to question the morality
of a punishment that devastates innocent families. King tells the stories
of families that have lost life savings supporting an accused, endured
intense public and media scrutiny, and are struggling to live with the
inhumane treatment their loved ones receive on death row. “This
one-of-a-kind book is devoted solely to giving voice to death row family
members, the forgotten victims of capital punishment,” says King,
an attorney with the Capital Punishment Project of the American Civil
King’s latest book is a powerful reminder that tragic events have tragic consequences that far outreach their immediate victims. Capital Consequences also illustrates many flaws in the judicial system. Innocent people were wrongfully convicted, defense attorneys made mistakes, prosecutors withheld evidence, and the mentally ill and juveniles were sentenced to death.
Rachel King is an attorney with the Capital Punishment Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is a founding member of Alaskans Against the Death Penalty, and was active in a successful campaign to oppose reinstatement of the death penalty in Alaska. She has written on a variety of topics concerned with crime and capital punishment, and is author of Don’t Kill in Our Names: Families of Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty (Rutgers University Press, 2003).
For more information, or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact Kenya Henderson at 732.445.7762, ext. 626, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to send two copies of any published reviews. Thanks!
royalties go to:
Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights