Saturday, March 13, 2010

iPost: The states role in framing innocents and the death penalty

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Saundra D. WesterveltContact Information and Kimberly J. Cook2
(1) University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA
(2) University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA
Received: 20 October 2008  Accepted:21 December 2009  Published online: 8 January 2010
We adapt the victimology of 'state harms' framework outlined by Kauzlarich et al. (Critical Criminology10(3), 173–194, 2001) to understand the post-exoneration experiences of 18 death row exonerees. Kauzlarich et al. develop six points of commonality shared by most victims of state crime. Application of this framework to death row exonerees highlights the role the state plays in creating and exacerbating the harms they suffer. This analysis also lays a foundation for further theoretical inquiry into the wrongful conviction of the innocent as a form of state crime.

Contact InformationSaundra D. Westervelt

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