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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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Children of the Condemned

Children of the Condemned

(p.92) 6 Children of the Condemned
In the Shadow of Death

Elizabeth Beck

Sarah Britto

Arlene Andrews

Oxford University Press

Children of incarcerated parents hold multiple risk factors. This chapter explores the risk factors associated with parental incarceration, and adds the additional layer of a death sentence to that experience. Having a family member on death row is unique because loved ones experience greater stress due to a death sentence and because of the fact that visitation rules are often excluded from programs that bring together parents and their children. The chapter recounts the voices of both minor and adult children as children of and siblings to the offender. It argues that children desperately need help in being able to develop or maintain a relationship, if they so choose, with their older sibling or parent on death row; and that professionals need to know the unique effects associated with a death sentence.

Keywords:   parental incarceration, death sentence, death row, stress, visitation rules

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