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Ironies of Imprisonment examines in-depth an array of problems confronting correctional programs and policies from the author’s singular and consistent critical viewpoint. The book challenges the prevailing logic of mass incarceration and traces the ironies of imprisonment to their root causes, manifesting in social, political, economic, and racial inequality. Unique and accessible, this book promises to stimulate spirited discussion and debate over the use of prisons.
Chapter 7: Ironies of Capital Punishment
Ironies of Capital Punishment
On the day of his execution, Robert Brecheen, a condemned Oklahoma inmate, slipped into a self-induced drug stupor. Facing a life-threatening situation, Brecheen was rushed to a nearby hospital where physicians pumped his stomach. His suicide was averted. But as soon as Brecheen regained consciousness, state corrections officials returned him to death row so as to keep his execution on schedule. Two hours later, Brecheen was prepped in the prison medical unit and put to death with state-approved drugs. The paradox was obvious. “This shows the absurdity of the situation. The idea that they're going to stabilize him and bring him back to be executed is plainly outrageous,” said the prison chaplain. The director of the state's corrections ...