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In the Shadow of DeathRestorative Justice and Death Row Families$
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Elizabeth Beck, Sarah Britto, and Arlene Andrews

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179415

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179415.001.0001

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Death Penalty Trials

Death Penalty Trials

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(p.51) 4 Death Penalty Trials
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In the Shadow of Death
Author(s):

Elizabeth Beck

Sarah Britto

Arlene Andrews

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179415.003.0004

Restorative justice involves the identification of harm and processes for repair. This chapter explores the various ways in which family members of capital offenders have been pronounced guilty and punished by the criminal justice system, their community, and society. It examines community-based harm to include the media and the harm that results from being scrutinized by the community. It also explores harm that occurs from the criminal justice system. Issues raised regarding the criminal justice system include the treatment of family members, race, quality of defense attorneys, and presentation of evidence. The chapter includes a discussion of death row inmate, Troy Davis, who is gaining international attention to get the evidence in his capital case heard. It argues that the harms incurred by offenders' family members should be central to restorative justice programs aimed at capital cases.

Keywords:   capital case, capital attorneys, media, crime, Troy Davis, innocence, capital punishment

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