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Right Here, Right Now

Right Here, Right Now

Life Stories from America's Death Row

Edited by Lynden Harris

Published by: Duke University Press Books

272 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9781478014119
  • Published: April 2021


Upon receiving his execution date, one of the thousands of men living on death row in the United States had an epiphany: “All there ever is, is this moment. You, me, all of us, right here, right now, this minute, that's love.” Right Here, Right Now collects the powerful first-person stories of dozens of men on death rows across the country. From recounting childhood experiences living in poverty, hunger, and violence to mental illness and police misconduct to coming to terms with their executions, these men outline their struggle to maintain their connection to society and sustain the humanity that incarceration and its daily insults attempt to extinguish. By offering their hopes, dreams, aspirations, fears, failures, and wounds, the men challenge us to reconsider whether our current justice system offers actual justice or simply perpetuates the social injustices that obscure our shared humanity.