Living on Death Row

Living on Death Row
Eric Lose
July 2014

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-702-6 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xiv, 246 pages

Price   $75.00


Living on Death Row represents a 13-year ethnographic study of men awaiting their execution while confined on Ohio's Death Row (DR). Lose was granted unprecedented access to conduct confidential interviews in a supermax environment. Slowly he developed a mutual trust with the inmates, and they began to open up about their crimes, lives, hopes, fears and impending executions. Reading Death Row statistics can be a blasé experience to some, upsetting to others. But nothing compares to confronting the rampant injustices, horrendous misconceptions and lies about the culture of Death Row. A few are innocent, most are guilty, but all were found guilty of capital murder — not because of their crimes — but due to poverty, mental illness, or minority status. Equally upsetting were the frank, open discussions of their homicides.

About the Author

Eric Lose earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati.