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Death and Other PenaltiesPhilosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration$
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Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther, and Scott Zeman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265299

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265299.001.0001

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In Reality—From the Row

In Reality—From the Row

(p.77) In Reality—From the Row
Death and Other Penalties

Derrick Quintero

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents the author's thoughts about the American prison system and the death penalty. The chapter identifies four problems with the current carceral regime: First, prisons compound the violence of crime rather than creating meaningful alternatives to violence. Second, poverty and inadequate education leave some people with fewer options for making a decent living without resorting to some form of criminal activity. Third, with no “legitimate” job skills, prisoners cannot find the employment necessary to support themselves, let alone a family. Fourth, even if the ex-prisoner has the skills necessary to obtain adequate employment, it is almost impossible to find a job with a criminal record. The chapter also calls for the abolition of the death penalty, not only because it is inhumane but because the legal process used to achieve the guilty verdict can never overcome the individual jurors' prejudices regarding race, religion, and class.

Keywords:   American prison system, death row, carceral regime, death penalty, violence, prejudice, jury

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