Congregation of the Condemned: Voices Against the Death Penalty

Shirley Dicks, Editor Prometheus Books $25.95 (290p) ISBN 978-0-87975-679-6
This is gripping reading. The words of death-row inmates on the subject of capital punishment jump off the page. Fear, hope, bitterness, regrets, love and the anguish of their last minutes are all here. The book is compiled by the mother of Tennessee death-row inmate Jeff Dicks. He's here too. So are other relatives of inmates and victims. Doctors, activists, lawyers, Edward Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, Mario Cuomo and Camille Gabriel, mother of a murder victim, also contribute essays. Among their persuasive conclusions: it is the poor who are executed, and some of them are innocent. ``What good is the law if it can't protect the innocent from false imprisonment?'' asks one inmate. This book makes one wonder. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/04/1991
Release date: 11/01/1991
Paperback - 290 pages - 978-0-87975-970-4
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