Laws 2014, 3(1), 141-152; doi:10.3390/laws3010141
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Death Row Confinement and the Meaning of Last Words

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Received: 20 January 2014; in revised form: 1 February 2014 / Accepted: 7 February 2014 / Published: 17 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Death Penalty in the 21st Century)
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Abstract: Life under sentence of death can be a transformative process. One measure of this transformation can be found in last words, which often highlight the humanity of condemned prisoners on the threshold of execution, in sharp contrast to popular conceptions of these prisoners as evil, remorseless, and irredeemable. Our reading of last words suggests that the transformation process can be best understood by examining the dominant contours of the death row experience, the most recent formative experience in the lives of condemned prisoners before they are put to death.
Keywords: last words; executions; death row
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Johnson, R.; Kanewske, L.C.; Barak, M. Death Row Confinement and the Meaning of Last Words. Laws 2014, 3, 141-152.

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Johnson R, Kanewske LC, Barak M. Death Row Confinement and the Meaning of Last Words. Laws. 2014; 3(1):141-152.

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Johnson, Robert; Kanewske, Laura C.; Barak, Maya. 2014. "Death Row Confinement and the Meaning of Last Words." Laws 3, no. 1: 141-152.

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