- Ultimate Punishment
infobox Book |
name = Ultimate Punishment
language = English
Farrar Straus & Giroux
release_date = 2003
media_type = Print (Hardback &
pages = 164 (paperback)
isbn = ISBN 0374128731 (paperback)
preceded_by = "
followed_by = "Ordinary Heroes"
Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty or simply "Ultimate Punishment" is a series of
autobiographicalreflections regarding the death penalty. It is written by Scott Turowand marks his return to non-fiction for the first time since " One L" in 1977.
Turow bases his opinions on his experiences as a prosecutor and, in his post-prosecutorial years, working on behalf of death-row inmates, as well as his two years on Illinois's Commission on Capital Punishment, charged by the former Gov.
Turow presents both sides of the death penalty debate and seems himself to flip sides depending on the argument.
Turow's reflections include:
*Thoughts on victims' rights vs. community rights
*Whether execution is a deterrent
*The possible execution of an innocent person
*If not the death penalty, what to do with the worst offenders
He also visits a maximum security prison and meets multiple-murderer
Henry Brison, who, Turow says, "most closely resembles... Hannibal Lecter".
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