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Living on Death Row

The Psychology of Waiting to Die

Hans Toch (editor) James R. Acker (editor)
Vincent Martin Bonventre (editor)
Jamie Fellner (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781433829000

Publication Date: May 2018

Format: Paperback

Presents wide-ranging scholarly perspectives from psychologists, legal professionals, and criminologists, along with compelling personal accounts from prison administrators and actual death row inmates. Together, they reveal the systemic, physical, and moral conditions that define and underlie death row.
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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 Acker and Vincent Bonventre present wide-ranging scholarly perspectives from psychologists, legal professionals, and criminologists, along with compelling personal accounts from prison administrators and actual death row inmates. Together, they reveal the systemic, physical, and moral conditions that define and underlie death row, as well as the humanity of death row inmates who struggle to find meaning amid a lack of human contact, physical activity, and mental stimulation. This book represents an urgent call to action for researchers, policymakers, and all those who seek criminal justice reform.
Pages 408
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2018
Publisher American Psychological Association
Subject/s Crime & criminology   Penology & punishment   Sociology: death & dying   Psychology: emotions   Criminal or forensic psychology   The self, ego, identity, personality  
Hans Toch, PhD, is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Albany at the State University of New York, where he is affiliated with the School of Criminal Justice. He has taught at Michigan State University and at Harvard University, and in 1996, served as the Walker-Ames Professor at the University of Washington. Dr. Toch is a fellow of both APA and the American Society of Criminology. He is a recipient of the August Vollmer Award of the American Society of Criminology for outstanding contributions to applied criminology, the Prix deGreff from the International Society of Criminology for Distinction in Clinical Criminology, and the Research Award of the International Corrections and Prison Association.

James R. Acker, JD, PhD, is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany. He earned his JD at Duke Law School and his PhD at the University at Albany. He has written numerous scholarly articles addressing the death penalty, wrongful convictions, criminal law, and related subjects.

Vincent Martin Bonventre, JD, PhD, is the Justice Robert H. Jackson Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School and was selected by Chief Justice Warren Burger to serve as a Supreme Court Judicial Fellow.

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