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In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this stark and powerful book, Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian explore life on Death Row in Texas and in other states, as well as the convoluted and arbitrary judicial processes that populate all Death Rows. They document the capriciousness of capital punishment and capture the day-to-day experiences of Death Row inmates in the official "nonperiod" between sentencing a ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by University of North Carolina Press (first published April 1st 2012)
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This book is an eye-opener about the death penalty. It is true that some monsters don't deserve to live in this planet; and nobody is arguing that. The point of this book is to show that there is no justice at all in the way the death penalty is applied. Some horrible criminals are set free; and some innocent men are executed and the only cause for that is good or bad luck. So if a honorable man (poor or middle cla
Thought provoking book that expanded my thinking about prisoners, justice and the death penalty. Divided into section including a chilling and sad section entitled "Twelve Dead Men." It educated me as to the vast differences between prisoners doing time and those on Death Row.

Included is a one hour documentary on DVD. Although the prisoners were not identified in the film, I found I knew them all from the book.

In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America by Bruce Jackson ((UNC Press 2012)(364.660973) is a beautiful collection of photographs and essays composed of the visions and words of men who have spent most of their lives on death row in a Texas penitentiary. This is a later volume by the guys who did the photo book of the Parchman Prison Farm in Mississippi. My rating; 6/10, finished 11/19/12.
Another NPR interview spurred me to pick up this read. It comes with a DVD in which I hesitate to watch. The authors spent 2 weeks in the late 70's interviewing prisoners on death row in a Texas prison. I just have to say that reading this had enlightened my perspective about death sentencing.
The B&W photos of Death Row are chilling and moving. Worth a look just for these. The DVD of the movie they made in 1979 is also part of this release and I found it fascinating.
Interesting book about Texas' old Death Row in Huntsville - photo essays were more engaging to me than the long written sections.
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