When David Dow took his first capital case, he supported the death penalty. He changed his position as the men on death row became real people to him, and as he came to witness the profound injustices they endured: from coerced confessions to disconcertingly incompetent lawyers; from racist juries and backward judges to a highly arbitrary death penalty system.
It is these concrete accounts of the people Dow has known and represented that prove the death penalty is consistently unjust, and it's precisely this fundamental-and lethal-injustice, Dow argues, that should compel us to abandon the system altogether.
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About the Author
David R. Dow is professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center and an internationally recognized figure in the fight against the death penalty. He is the founder and director of the Texas Innocence Network and has represented more than thirty death row inmates.Regrularly quoted in publications like the New York Times and the Washington Post, Dow is the coeditor of Machinery of Death: The Reality of of America's Death Penalty Regime. He lives in Houston, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had to read this book for my CAPP Political Science class and I must say that it really shocked me how interesting the book really was. David R. Dow does a magnificent job of highlighting key flaws in the criminal justice system. By using his own experiences to convey these flaws, he brings to light the cruel reality of the criminal justice system. The ways he presents his arguments are very clear and easy for anyone to understand. It is a book that opposes the popular belief that the death penalty is useful for people that have committed the crimes to deserve it. You will have to read it to find out more. I highly recommend this book.