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Wretched Sisters; Examining Gender and Capital Punishmend (Studies in Crime and Punishment #19)

Mary Welek Atwell


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Since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, fourteen women have been put to death in the United States. The criminal justice system defines crimes committed by women in a particularly gendered context. Wretched Sisters is unique in its analysis of the legal and cultural circumstances that determine why a small number of women are sentenced to death and provides a detailed account of how these fourteen women came to be subjected to the ultimate punishment.

Peter Lang Us, 9781433122347, 318pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2014

About the Author

Mary Welek Atwell holds a PhD in history from Saint Louis University. She is Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice at Radford University. She is the author of Equal Protection of the Law: Gender and Justice in the United States (2002) and Evolving Standards of Decency: Popular Culture and Capital Punishment (2004).