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Stuart Banner. The Death Penalty: An American History (Harvard University Press, 2003).


Frank R. Baumgartner, Suzanna L. De Boef, and Amber E. Boydstun. The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence (Cambridge University Press, 2008).


Hugh Adam Bedau and Paul G. Cassell, eds. Debating the Death Penalty: Should America Have Capital Punishment? The Experts from Both Sides Make Their Case (Oxford University Press, 2005).


Robert M. Bohm. DeathQuest: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Capital Punishment in America (5th Ed.) (Routledge 2016).


Stephen Breyer. Against the Death Penalty (Brookings Institute Press, 2016).


Truman Capote. In Cold Blood (Vintage, 1994).


Jeanine Cummins.  A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and its Aftermath (New American Library, 2004).


David Von Drehle. Among the Lowest of the Dead: The Culture on Death Row (Crown, 1995).


Margaret Edds. An Expendable Man: The Near Execution of Earl Washington, Jr. (New York University Press, 2003).


Joseph B. Ingle. The Inferno: A Southern Morality Tale (Ideas into Books WESTVIEW, 2012).


Joseph B. Ingle. Last Rites: Thirteen Fatal Encounters with the State’s Justice (Union Square Press, 2008).


Joe Jackson and William F. Burke, Jr.  Dead Run: The Shocking Story of Dennis Stockton and Life on Death Row in America (Walker & Company, 2000).


Robert Johnson. Death Work: A Study of the Modern Execution Process (Cengage Learning, 2005).


Gilbert King. The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder, and the Search for Justice in the American South (Civitas Books, 2009).


Katya Lezin. Finding Life on Death Row: Profiles of Six Inmates (Northeastern University Press, 1999).


Randolph Loney. A Dream of a Tattered Man: Stories from Georgia’s Death Row (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001).


Michael A. Mello. Deathwork: Defending the Condemned (University of Minnesota Press, 2002).


Michael A. Mello.  Dead Wrong: A Death Row Lawyer Speaks Out Against Capital Punishment (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997).


Marie Mulvey-Roberts, ed.  Writing for Their Lives: Death Row USA (University of Illinois Press, 2007).


Todd C. Peppers and Laura Trevvett Anderson. Anatomy of an Execution: The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas (Northeastern University Press, 2009).


Helen Prejean. The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions (Vintage, 2006).


Helen Prejean. Dead Man Walking (Vintage, 1994).


Carroll Pickett. Within These Walls: Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain (St. Martin’s Press, 2002).


Austin Sarat. Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty (Stanford Law Books, 2016).


Rita Y. Shuler.  Carolina Crimes: Case Files of a Forensic Photographer (The History Press, 2006).

Eliza Steelwater. The Hangman’s Knot: Lynching, Legal Execution, and America’s Struggle with the Death Penalty (Basic Books, 2003).


Scott Sundby. A Life and Death Decision: A Jury Weighs the Death Penalty (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2007).


John C. Tucker. May God Have Mercy: A True Story of Crime and Punishment (W.W. Norton & Co., 1997).


Scott Turow. Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty (Picador, 2004).


Thomas G. Walker. Eligible for Execution: The Story of the Daryl Adkins Case (CQ Press, 2008).


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