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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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Why Do Offenders’ Families Matter?

Why Do Offenders’ Families Matter?

(p.3) 1 Why Do Offenders’ Families Matter?
In the Shadow of Death

Elizabeth Beck

Sarah Britto

Arlene Andrews

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the following foundational questions: why do capital offenders' families matter and what is the difference between life in prison and death by execution? Some of the arguments include that families matter because their loss can have devastating effects for themselves, their community and family system, and that their involvement in a capital case often results in a loss of confidence in the criminal justice system. It is also suggested that the families matter from a crime prevention perspective. These families often come from difficult, even devastating backgrounds, and as a result they have valuable information about, and insights into, such problems as poverty, racism, incest, domestic violence, drug and alcohol issues, and mental health problems.

Keywords:   death by execution, prison, grief, loss, capital offenders' families

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