THE POWER OF LIFE OR DEATH by Michael DiSalle

THE POWER OF LIFE OR DEATH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Convicted criminals who perform as gardeners, cooks, butlers and babysitters and pad around the house while the Governor and his wife go off to the movies--this may seem stranger than.... But, this book by the former Governor of Ohio, is not sensational in any way and it's a powerful account of the possibilities of rehabilitation for convicts and the urgent need for reform in correctional institutions, including the abolition of capital punishment. The Governor and his wife lived in the Executive Mansion served by men who were convicted criminals, and their story is told with eloquence and hard logic. The book is both shocking, when the author reports the reactions of the press to the commutation of death sentences of men and women convicted on weak and/or perjured testimony, and inspiring, when the author recommends reforms that are practical solutions and easily within reach of many state governments. It is a work of wise thinking and honest feeling.

Publisher: Random House