Death Row Narratives: A Qualitative Analysis of Mental Health Issues Found in Death Row Inmate Blog Entries

31 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2020

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Robert Johnson

American University - School of Public Affairs

Jacqueline Lantsman

George Washington University - Milken Institute School of Public Health; American University

Date Written: July 15, 2020

Abstract

Death row inmate narratives, culled from online blogs, are used to explore the social determinants of mental health in the context of the stresses and deprivations of living on death row. Legal and correctional procedures that affect death row inmates are conceptualized as social determinants of mental health. These procedures include the granting or denying of stays of execution, conditions of solitary confinement during death row and particularly the death watch, and impending dates of execution. Death row narratives offer a nuanced account of the many ways condemned prisoners must contend with their powerlessness as an essential element of life under sentence of death.

Keywords: Death Row, Executions, Prison Adjustment, Mental Health, Health Justice

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Robert and Lantsman, Jacqueline, Death Row Narratives: A Qualitative Analysis of Mental Health Issues Found in Death Row Inmate Blog Entries (July 15, 2020). The Prison Journal (March 2021 Forthcoming), American University School of Public Affairs Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3652589 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3652589

Robert Johnson (Contact Author)

American University - School of Public Affairs ( email )

Washington, DC 20016
United States

Jacqueline Lantsman

George Washington University - Milken Institute School of Public Health ( email )

950 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

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