NO CHOIRBOY by Susan Kuklin

NO CHOIRBOY

Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row
Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Death Row inmates sentenced to die for crimes they committed as juveniles are profiled here, as well as victims’ families, the family of one man already put to death and the lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, an organization focused on the rights of indigent prisoners. Kuklin lets the inmates tell their stories in their own words, providing some minor narration about legal points. Readers may be surprised to learn of the diverse backgrounds of those convicted of capital crimes: Not all came from broken homes or disadvantaged backgrounds. Some didn’t have a criminal record prior to their convictions. This is an excellent read for any student researching the death penalty or with an interest in law and sociology. The author/photographer paints the convicts and their families as neither wholly good nor bad, but human. The convicts themselves speak with a wisdom that can only come from years of negotiating the dangers of prison life, and their stories may change more than one mind regarding what makes a criminal. (Nonfiction. YA)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8050-7950-0
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2008




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