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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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Meet the Families

Meet the Families

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In the Shadow of Death

Elizabeth Beck

Sarah Britto

Arlene Andrews

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines family effects on individual development and the context of the offenders' home life. Using psychosocial histories of 14 capital defendants, it provides an in-depth portrayal of the multigenerational psychosocial histories of offenders and their family members. These histories often illustrate deep intergenerational pain. The chapter is grouped into four themes that are examined in detail. The themes are: excessive violence and neglect, with ineffective protection; lack of education and support about mental health issues, including substance abuse; unprepared caregivers and family disarray; and institutional barriers to equality.

Keywords:   psychosocial history, capital mitigation, violence, mental illness, racism, classism

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