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Condemned Letters from Death Row

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ISBN13: 9781905483488

ISBN10: 1905483481


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  • Ray has been convicted of killing a man, a crime he committed as a young man and that he freely admits and regrets. For Ray his sentence is death and what he seeks is not a pardon, or pity, or freedom. Simply he hopes that his sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment without parole. For most of us to hope for something so bleak seems unimaginable, but for Ray this is the focus of his appeals. Sean O Riain has been writing to Ray for several years and, while Seans careful letters are featured somewhat, it is the simple and heartfelt descriptions of life on death row by Ray that form the bulk of the books content. Rays letters are powerful in their understated descriptions of his lifes circumstances and current situation. The denied dreams, the unfulfilled desires, the loneliness, and the fear are all brought to devastating reality in his simple words. The mens letters are framed by commentaries, facts, and case-studies from the American death penalty system, which allow for a wider understanding of the process of retribution in 36 of the US states: a process in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since the year 2000, over 500 people have been executed in the 36 states that still have the death penalty in the US.

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