Life after Death Row Exonerees' Search for Community and Identity

ISBN-10: 0813553822

ISBN-13: 9780813553825

Edition: 2012

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Description: Life after Death Rowexamines the post-incarceration struggles of individuals who have been wrongly convicted of capital crimes, sentenced to death, and subsequently exonerated.Saundra D. Westervelt and Kimberly J. Cook present eighteen exonerees’ stories, focusing on three central areas: the invisibility of the innocent after release, the complicity of the justice system in that invisibility, and personal trauma management. Contrary to popular belief, exonerees are not automatically compensated by the state or provided adequate assistance in the transition to post-prison life. With no time and little support, many struggle to find homes, financial security, and community. They have limited or obsolete employment skills and difficulty managing such daily tasks as grocery shopping or banking. They struggle to regain independence, self-sufficiency, and identity.            Drawing upon research on trauma, recovery, coping, and stigma, the authors weave a nuanced fabric of grief, loss, resilience, hope, and meaning to provide the richest account to date of the struggles faced by people striving to reclaim their lives after years of wrongful incarceration.

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 10/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Setting the Stage
Living the Aftermath of a Wrongful Conviction
Researching the Innocent
Introducing the Exonerees
Struggling with Life after Exoneration
Facing Practical Problems
Managing Grief and Loss
Rebuilding Relationships
Negotiating Emotional Terrain
Coping with Innocence
Confronting Life on Death Row
Coping with Life after Death Row
Reclaiming Innocence
Doing Justice
Searching for Reintegration and Restoration
Moving Forward
Epilogue
Notes
References
Index
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