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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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“You Didn’t Punish Him, You Punished Me”

“You Didn’t Punish Him, You Punished Me”

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In the Shadow of Death

Elizabeth Beck

Sarah Britto

Arlene Andrews

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the effects of execution on family members. It is partially based on participant observation as one of the authors accompanied a mother during the days before and after the execution of her son. From the view of family members, the chapter follows the ritual of execution that begins with the issuing of a warrant for execution, which is notification of an impending execution; the death watch, which is what family members called the time from the warrant to the execution; the execution; and the disbursement of personal effects. It also revisited this particular mother a year after her son's execution and explores the many ways in which her life was destroyed following his death. The chapter includes interviews with other family members who experience an execution and discusses what they describe as the “shared punishment” of execution.

Keywords:   execution, shared punishment, loss, death warrant, death watch

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