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Author Jackson, Bruce, 1936-

Title In this timeless time : living and dying on death row in America / Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian.

Imprint [Chapel Hill] : University of North Carolina Press, c2012.


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 Axe 1st Floor DVD Collection  364.66 J132i 2012    ---  Available
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  364.66 J132i 2012    ---  Available
Description xiv, 242 p. : ill. ; 21 x 24 cm. + 1 videodisc (DVD ; 4 3/4 in.)
Series Documentary arts and culture
Documentary arts and culture.
Note "Published ... in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note "Death Row is a film about daily life on Death Row in Texas. When the film was made in March 1979, 114 men were housed in the special death cells of Ellis prison's rows J-21 and J-23. The men spend their time waiting for the State to kill them or fighting as hard as they can to prevent that death from happening."--website.
Contents On death row -- pt. I. Pictures : The row ; Food ; In the J-23 dayroom ; A volleyball game in the cage ; Hands and mirrors ; Eight who were resentenced to life and are now doing time ; Three who are still there, one who was resentenced to life and then paroled, and one who was set free after twenty-one years and then exonerated ; Twelve dead men --
pt. II. Words : Being there ; Killable killers ; Dangerous people ; Good time and hard time ; The prisoner Jack Smith and the late Excell White ; Terminology ; Getting to J ; Ellis's yellow line ; Visitors ; Counts ; Recreation ; Porters, floorboys, building tenders ; Noise ; Night, Brandon, Emily, and George ; Violence ; Craziness and boredom ; All the things a man might do on the row ; Sockets and glass ; Nowhere land ; Time ; Living space and killing space ; The death house ; Getting off the row ; Why execute? ; Equity: Callins v. James ; Giving up on death ; Trends ; Records --
pt. III. Working : Avoiding the row ; An invitation ; Building tenders ; Documenting the row ; Bona fides ; "I'd like to cut your fuckin' throat" ; Trust ; Why talk? ; Punishing Diane ; Testifying ; Screening Death Row ; Brent Bullock Jr. and Norman Mailer ; In This Timeless Time --
Appendixes : 1. Layout of Ellis Unit inside the Fence ; 2. The DR three-ring binder ; 3. Justice Thurgood Marshall's dissent in Gregg v. Georgia -- Cases.
Summary Presents an examination of life on death row in a Texas prison, covering the brutal everyday experiences of the inmates and discussing the inconsistencies and arbitrariness of the judicial system in condeming prisoners.
Subject Death row -- United States.
Death row inmates -- United States.
Capital punishment -- United States.
Added Author Christian, Diane, 1939-
Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies.
Added Title Death row
ISBN 9780807835395 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807835390 (cloth : alk. paper)

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