Until I Could Be Sure: How I Stopped the Death Penalty in Illinois (Hardback)
  • Until I Could Be Sure: How I Stopped the Death Penalty in Illinois (Hardback)
zoom

Until I Could Be Sure: How I Stopped the Death Penalty in Illinois (Hardback)

(author), (with)
£22.95
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 10/08/2020
  • Coming soon

Awaiting publication

  • This item has been added to your basket
In January 2000, Illinois Governor George Ryan declared a moratorium on executions--the first such action by any governor in the history of the United States. Despite a long history as a death penalty proponent, Ryan was emotionally moved after allowing an execution in 1999. He was also profoundly disturbed by the state's history--12 men had been executed and 13 had been exonerated since the return of the death penalty in Illinois in 1977. More had been proven innocent than had been executed. Three years later, in 2003, Ryan pardoned four death row inmates based on their actual innocence and then commuted the death sentences of 167 men and women. This was the largest death row commutation in U.S. history. At that time, 12 states and the District of Columbia barred the death penalty. His actions breathed new life into the movement to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Over the next 15 years, Illinois and seven other states would abolish the death penalty--New Jersey, Maryland, New Mexico, Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Washington. Today, the push to reform the criminal justice system has never been stronger in America, a nation that incarcerates more men and women than any other country in the world and also wrongfully convicts hundreds of men and women. Although the number of executions carried out every year continues to drop in the U.S., the death penalty still exists in 31 states. Moreover, in some non-death penalty states, factions seek to reinstate it. Until I Could Be Sure: How I Stopped the Death Penalty in Illinois is, in his own words, the story of George Ryan's journey from death penalty proponent to death penalty opponent. His story continues to resonate today. He defied the political winds and endured the fury and agony of the families of the victims and the condemned as well as politicians, prosecutors and law enforcement. It is a story of courage and faith. It is a timely reminder of the heroic acts of a Republican Governor who was moved by conscience, his faith and a disturbing factual record of death row exonerations.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781538134542
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This book is not only about the death penalty. It is a chronicle that teaches us about integrity, leadership, growth, and the struggle to do the right thing. Those who care to listen will be touched by the lessons from Governor Ryan's journey for decades to come. He leads us on.

-- Michael L. Radelet, University of Colorado
Governor Ryan's actions are a pure beacon of light in a dark era in our nation. His is a resounding voice of conscience in a time of corrosive political maneuvering. As for Gov. Ryan's commutation of the sentences of those on death row - I see this as his most inspiring act of moral courage. He could easily have left the condemned languishing in legal limbo, but he followed his moral stance for a moratorium through to a righteous conclusion for those remaining on death row, freeing them from the anguish and terror of death at the hands of the state. Gov. Ryan's act of moral integrity triumphed over political expediency and has illumined a path for our nation. May we all walk in his light. -- Sister Helen Prejean, Author of "Dead Man Walking"
George Ryan's courageous act made our dreams reality. It was, in my view, one of the single most impactful events in propelling the abolition movement forward, making possible the successes we've seen ever since. -- Mike Farrell, best known as 'BJ Hunnicutt' of television's legendary "M*A*S*H", President of Dealth Penalty Focus, Author of "Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist" and "Of Mule and Man"
Illinois put innocence on the map and that is still the most influential issue for many people when it comes to the death penalty. -- Richard Dieter, former Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center
Under Governor George Ryan's leadership, Illinois consolidated the forces that diminished the death penalty's use, emboldening the abolition of the death penalty in other states, other governors' moratoria on executions, and prosecutors' decisions across the country to stop using the punishment. -- James Liebman, Professor, Columbia Law School, Author of "The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution"

You may also be interested in...

Discipline and Punish
Added to basket
The Anatomy of Violence
Added to basket
The Psychopath Whisperer
Added to basket
Jimmy The Weed
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Snowing in Bali
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Peterhead Porridge
Added to basket
The Victorian Detective
Added to basket
Girl A
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Gang War
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Devil
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
The Jigsaw Man
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Fatal Shore
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Hotel K
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Forensics
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Underworld London
Added to basket
Handstands In The Dark
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.