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In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America (Documentary Arts and Culture, Published in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University) [Hardcover]

Bruce Jackson , Diane Christian
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April 16, 2012 0807835390 978-0807835395 1
In this stark and powerful book, Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian explore life on Death Row in Texas and in other states, as well as the convoluted and arbitrary judicial processes that populate all Death Rows. They document the capriciousness of capital punishment and capture the day-to-day experiences of Death Row inmates in the official "nonperiod" between sentencing and execution.

In the first section, "Pictures," ninety-two photographs taken during their fieldwork for the book and documentary film Death Row illustrate life on cell block J in Ellis Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections. The second section, "Words," further reveals the world of Death Row prisoners and offers an unflinching commentary on the judicial system and the fates of the men they met on the Row. The third section, "Working," addresses profound moral and ethical issues the authors have encountered throughout their careers documenting the Row.

Included is a DVD of Jackson and Christian's 1979 documentary film, Death Row.

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"The book deals in emotion magnificently. . . . A moving piece of photojournalism and a fitting argument against the death penalty."--Texas Books In Review


"A uniquely powerful contribution to the literature on prisons, criminal justice, and capital punishment in the United States. . . . Not to be missed."--Journal of Southern History


"Jackson and Christian's book gives some of those men a face. Therein lays its beauty."--The Rag Blog


"An unflinching commentary on the judicial system and the fates of the men they met on the Row. . . . They made a body of work no one else could."--Prison Photography blog


"All readers concerned about the U.S. prison system and capital punishment will benefit from this important work."--ForeWord


"If opponents of the death penalty were to choose one book for their cause, this could well be it. . . . Jackson and Christian write in a direct, journalistic style, poignant and to the point. This book will appeal to those with a specific interest in criminal justice and the death penalty as well as curious casual readers."--Library Journal Starred Review


"In this comprehensive, well-crafted book . . . Jackson and Christian build upon the photographs and interviews from death row in Texas that yielded their 1979 book and documentary Death Row (DVD included). Here, photos and text reveal inmate life, discuss capital punishment, and share the fate of each man: execution, a commuted sentence, parole, or after more than two decades, an innocent verdict. . . . [T]he book raises important questions about the judicial system and the practice of capital punishment in our society."--Publishers Weekly


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"In This Timeless Time presents images and words of condemned men who are otherwise abstractions and provides a compelling history of death row over the last thirty years. Nothing like this book exists, or could ever exist again. I could not recommend this book more strongly."--Billy Sothern, death penalty lawyer and author of Down In New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City

Product Details

  • Series: Documentary Arts and Culture, Published in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807835390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807835395
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 9.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD November 29, 2013
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Ordered this for a friend. He likes to watch this type of thing. He said he loves it and has watched it a few times. Great buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Depressing but insightful and worthwhile April 14, 2013
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Although depressing reading, this is a masterful account of life in prison in general and on death row in particular. The inhumanity of our prison system for both prisoners and those who work in the prisons comes through clearly. I don't think hell could be worse than life on death row.
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