Hidden Victims: The Effects of the Death Penalty on Families of the Accused

Author:   Susan F. Sharp ,  Raymond Michalowski ,  Michael L. Radelet
Publisher:   Rutgers University Press
Edition:   annotated edition
ISBN:  

9780813535838


Pages:   248
Publication Date:   30 June 2005
Format:   Hardback
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Hidden Victims: The Effects of the Death Penalty on Families of the Accused


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Sharp's book reemphasizes the tremendous costs of maintaining the death penalty-costs to real people and real families that ripple throughout generations to come. -Saundra D. Westervelt, author of Shifting the Blame: How Victimization Became a Criminal Defense Everyone concerned with the effects of capital punishment must have this book. -Margaret Vandiver, professor, department of criminology and criminal justice, University of Memphis Murderers, particularly those sentenced to death, are considered by most to be unusually heinous, often sub-human, and entirely different from the rest of us. In Hidden Victims, sociologist Susan F. Sharp challenges this culturally ingrained perspective by reminding us that those individuals facing a death sentence, in addition to being murderers, are brothers or sisters, mothers or fathers, daughters or sons, relatives or friends. Through a series of vivid and in-depth interviews with families of the accused, she demonstrates how the exceptionally severe way in which we view those on death row trickles down to those with whom they are closely connected. Sharp shows how family members and friends-in effect, the indirect victims of the initial crime-experience a profoundly complicated and socially isolating grief process. Departing from a humanist perspective from which most accounts of victims are told, Sharp makes her case from a sociological standpoint that draws out the parallel experiences and coping mechanisms of these individuals. Chapters focus on responses to sentencing, the particular structure of grieving faced by this population, execution, aftermath, wrongful conviction, family formation after conviction, and the complex situation of individuals related to both the killer and the victim. Powerful, poignant, and intelligently written, Hidden Victims challenges all of us-regardless of which side of the death penalty you are on-to understand the economic, social, and psychological repercussions that shape the lives of the often forgotten families of death row inmates.

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Author:   Susan F. Sharp ,  Raymond Michalowski ,  Michael L. Radelet
Publisher:   Rutgers University Press
Imprint:   Rutgers University Press
Edition:   annotated edition
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.10cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.463kg
ISBN:  

9780813535838


ISBN 10:   0813535832
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   30 June 2005
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained

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Without denying the horror of the crimes that most death row inmates have committed or the need for confinement of those inmates, Sharp raises the question of whether Americans would still support the death penalty if they understood the full range of its consequences. It is a sobering question that readers of this book will be forced to ponder. -from the foreword by Michael L. Radelet, professor and chair, department of sociology, University of Colorado


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