Life After Death Row

Authored by: Scott Vollum

Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138651579
eBook ISBN: 9781315624723
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We’ve all seen the headlines and television news clips: Death row inmate is shown jubilantly walking out the prison or courtroom a free man (or woman), finally free after years isolated in a small cell 23 hours a day. We are left to assume that their exoneration and release brings unmitigated joy and happiness as they embark on their new life as a free citizen. But this is not where the story ends. In fact, this is only the beginning for death row exonerees. Though the cameras and reporters may dissipate, the real story—a complex one of trauma, struggles, loss, and grief—and yes, of joy, happiness, and successes, too—is only beginning.

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