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Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions: Death-Sentenced Inmates
Special needs offenders in correctional institutions: Death-sentenced inmates
Mark D.Cunningham

A comparatively small, but highly visible, portion of the American correctional system involves death-sentenced inmates. Indeed, of approximately 1.5 million inmates held in state and federal correctional institutions in 2010, only 0.002% of these faced execution. Their visibility is quite disproportionate to their number. A number of states have dedicated areas of their websites for their death row and the offenders housed there (e.g., Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas). The general public and the popular media also have a fascination with this narrow portion of the correctional population, as reflected in films of the past two decades, including Live! From Death Row (1992), Last Light (1993), The Green Mile ...

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