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Death Row

Thursday, 17 November 2011





On Texas’s death row, there are no contact visits at all– no hand-holding, no embraces.

There is a strange little ritual when a Texas prisoner who still has family and friends is executed: his or her loved ones rush to the Huntsville funeral home which holds the contract with the prison, to touch the dead body while warmth remains in it. Normally, it will have been over five years since it was possible to touch the prisoner at all.



9 comments on “Death Row

  1. stu

    Monday 5th January 2015 at 8:57 pm

    The majority dont think about capital punishment when they commit such a heafty crime thats worthy of it, there minds are focused on the situation at hand but some like myself know that death row is no fun but ive studied. Its all bad and wrong death row and capital punishment. Bad bad bad. Somthing t pawnder.

  2. Wolff

    Thursday 23rd August 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Just some numbers to think about: from 1900 to 1985 350 people were sentenced to death in the USA, whose innocence was proven after the conviction. 23 of them were proven innocent AFTER THEY WERE KILLED. Until 2007 15 prisoners in the death row were set free because of new DNA-methods. They didn’t have anything to do with the murders they had been accused of. Death is final and the justice system fails more often then you think. People sentence about people – and both sides of the system are far from being perfect. By the way: the countries with capital punishment have a much higher crime rate than the ones without. Just to think about.

    • Thursday 23rd August 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you for this, Wolff. Very much appreciated.

  3. Lilian Neave

    Saturday 21st July 2012 at 11:25 am

    The prisoner deserves every anxious year, month and second till he is executed. The chilling horrific moments he put the victim through can never be forgiven or forgotten. South Africa needs to bring Capital Punishment back for all the barbaric murders we are having here.

    • hayden

      Tuesday 15th January 2013 at 8:16 pm

      i would just like to give you my view on the death penalty , people say eye for an eye , if thats the case the whole world would be blind , Not saying these people dont deserve to be punished , but that should be left to the familys that person has destroyed , the familys deserve the right to end the life of that person , not the american goverment and prison service , and that too is murder , the American Goverment allow the sale of the weapons that cause these murders most of the time , So the American Goverment needs to wise up , i am so glad i live in a country where guns are not to be sold , dont get me wrong i like the american people , but dont like the law.

  4. Nora dempsey

    Friday 25th May 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Devastating for the families but I guess the prisoner gave up all rights and privileges when he committed the crime

    • Bryce Gipple

      Saturday 17th November 2012 at 10:44 pm


  5. jordan d

    Saturday 21st January 2012 at 10:05 pm

    i agree so so sad

  6. Friday 18th November 2011 at 3:15 pm

    How terribly sad.

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