Capital Consequences

Families of the Condemned Tell Their Stories

A book by Rachel King

 










Subject: Sociology/
Criminology/Public Policy/
Cultural Studies
ISBN 0-8135-3504-2
Cloth: 310 pp.
©2005
www.rachelkingbooks.com

All book royalties go to:
Murder Victims' Families
for Human Rights
and
Journey of Hope…
From Violence to Healing

Gripping stories of people who have lost a loved one to murder and oppose the death penalty.

    

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WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF DEATH ROW INMATES?

Those who support capital punishment often claim they do so because it provides justice and closure for the victims’ families. However, attorney Rachel King reminds us that there are other victims who must be considered in the debate over the death penalty – the families of the condemned.

Capital Consequences: Families of the Condemned Tell Their Stories (Rutgers University Press) challenges readers to question the morality of a punishment that devastates innocent families. King tells the stories of families that have lost life savings supporting an accused, endured intense public and media scrutiny, and are struggling to live with the inhumane treatment their loved ones receive on death row. “This one-of-a-kind book is devoted solely to giving voice to death row family members, the forgotten victims of capital punishment,” says King, an attorney with the Capital Punishment Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Capital Consequences is a follow-up to King’s first book, Don’t Kill in Our Names: Families of Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty (Rutgers University Press, 2003), in which members of the nationwide group, Murders Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, encouraged an end to capital punishment. In comparing both books, King contends that families of death row inmates suffer a unique form of grief. “Because their pain tends to elicit less attention and empathy than that of crime victims’ families, it becomes much more desperate and isolating.”

King’s latest book is a powerful reminder that tragic events have tragic consequences that far outreach their immediate victims. Capital Consequences also illustrates many flaws in the judicial system. Innocent people were wrongfully convicted, defense attorneys made mistakes, prosecutors withheld evidence, and the mentally ill and juveniles were sentenced to death.

Rachel King is an attorney with the Capital Punishment Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is a founding member of Alaskans Against the Death Penalty, and was active in a successful campaign to oppose reinstatement of the death penalty in Alaska. She has written on a variety of topics concerned with crime and capital punishment, and is author of Don’t Kill in Our Names: Families of Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty (Rutgers University Press, 2003).


CAPITAL CONSEQUENCES
Families of the Condemned Tell Their Stories

By Rachel King
310 pages, 16 photographs, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Cloth, $24.95. ISBN: 0-8135-3504-2
Publication Date: February 2005

For more information, or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact Kenya Henderson at 732.445.7762, ext. 626, or kenyah@rci.rutgers.edu. Please be sure to send two copies of any published reviews. Thanks!

All royalties go to: Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights
and Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing.

Author Rachel King, at the time of her death, Aug. 25, 2008, was a lawyer on staff of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and former anti-death penalty organizer for American Civil Liberties Union Capital Punishment Project.
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