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Live from Death Row ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Live from Death Row By Mumia Abu-Jamal ✩ – An important book that takes us into the bowels of hell Abu Jamal offers expert and well reasoned commentary on the justice system His writings are dangerous –Village VoiceResonates with the moral f An important book that takes us into the bowels of Live from eBook ↠ hell Abu Jamal offers expert and well reasoned commentary on the justice system His writings are dangerous –Village VoiceResonates with the moral force of Martin Luther King Jr's Letter From Birmingham Jail –Boston GlobeAfter twenty years on death row Mumia Abu Jamal has been released from his death sentence but not the conviction This once prominent radio reporter was convicted for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in after a trial many have criticized as profoundly biased Live from Death Row is a collection of his prison writings and impassioned yet unflinching account of the brutalities and humiliations of prison life and a scathing indictment of racism and political bias in the American judicial system.

10 thoughts on “Live from Death Row

  1. TJ Shelby TJ Shelby says:

    I was recommended this book by a friend thinking that it would sway my stance on capital punishment I am in a small majority of social liberals who support capital punishment Mumia aptly points out major corruption in nearly every aspect of our criminal justice system local police correctional officers district attornies and judges He also demonstrates the propensity for discrimination against blacks and backs it up with solid statistics and factsOne of the most damning is how much likely black criminals are to receive the death penalty than white criminals It leaves me with the following options 1 Oppose the death penalty because of the disparity2 Support the system but rally behind the cause that less blacks need to be executed3 Support the system but rally behind evening the disparity and thus whites need to be executedI stand behind option 3 Justice should be color blind Why whites get life without parole while blacks get the death penalty is a statistic that MUST be investigated However to receive either sentence means we no longer wish these individuals to be loosed upon society Also painfully apparent is the irony of calling our prison systems correctional facilities Nothing could be further from the truth Secondly capitalism is now dictating prison policies and procedures and not humanitarian goodwill As citizens we want reformed criminals with corrected behaviors that do not want to end up back in the system However our prison systems are capitalistic ventures of state governments and less prisonsprisoners means less taxes for state budgets and less jobs for state citizensOverall great read No solutions offered just boldly proclaimed problems that people choose not to see

  2. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Read it Then act on it Due to a recent Supreme Court reject of the case he might not be live much longer Write a letter to President Obama ask for his executive clemency If you need help writing that letter send me a mail and I will send you a letter to draw from

  3. Donna Davis Donna Davis says:

    Mumia is a former Black Panther The facts support his having been framed in the murder of the cop a crime for which he was nearly executedLive from Death Row written before his sentence was commuted is not however a vehicle he uses to advocate for himself or plead his own case to the public He has written other books I haven't read and I don't know if he did that thereInstead here he uses his own situation to discuss the racism inherent both in the US court system; he also talks about racism on death rowThe mandatory fresh air time prized and treasured by men who rarely see the clear blue sky is an Apartheid one at least in Supermax RHUSMU and SHU ultimate maximum security prisons which he says have swelled since jailhouse overcrowding has made prisons tenser places and people are tossed into the hole The vast majority of prisoners are Black though they are a minority of the population at large and in the Pennsylvania prison he describes 80% of those maximum security cases those who wear Black skin are crowded into a courtyard They can't see green grass or the outdoors only four brick walls and way up there blue sky Why? And where are the other prisoners going?The other prisoners who are also maximum security who are not Black have a SEPARATE courtyard which is surrounded by chainlink fencing with razor wire but has the view The 20% have the perk of a much less crowded space and the capacity to see Mother Earth during their treasured time outside prison wallsAs to the racist system that places Blacks on death row at such a startlingly high rate he offers the following statistics and footnotes all of them like the scholar he was before being incarcerated and continues to be behind prison walls He uses a Georgia case because it is one which caused the Supreme Court to recognize the following factsdefendants charged w killing Caucasian victims are 43 times as likely to be sent to death row as those charged wkilling Blacks;the race of the victim determines whether or not a death penalty is returned;nearly 6 of 11 defendants who received the death penalty for killing Caucasians would not have received the death penalty if their victims had been Black;20 of every 34 defendants sentenced to death would not have been given the death sentence if their victims had not been CaucasianHe continues to pound one damning fact upon another and cites court cases to back them up; those above come from McClesky vs Kemp 1987 If the case sounds old I would argue that precedents are set by very old cases indeed and of course this book was published early into the 2000 decade I doubt a recent gathering of data would return favorable information; in the case of jail overcrowding I suspect the recession has made it worse I recently read in the national news that the most minor offenders ie those who were arrested because they possessed marijuana or because they did not have a Green Card on their person at the time they were approached have been released to ease crowding in prisons I wonder how much good it has doneI applaud Mumia for using his well known case to set the facts before us rather than trying to build momentum to save himself There was a considerable amount of public pressure NOT to execute him and I do think that had to do with his sentence being commuted; as it was my kids' urban US high school was barely holding together according to a counselor I knew there the day that Mumia's case was turned away by the US Supreme CourtIf you are interested in reading about social justice issues this relatively slender volume holds an astounding amount of really critical information I appreciate Mumia's relentless effort to make the public both in the US and internationally aware of the atrocities that continue to visit Black prisoners in the USA

  4. Benjyklostermann Benjyklostermann says:

    Powerful writing and spirited criticism of the US system of law as well as the state of prisons in America And to think these pieces were written 25 30 years ago and human conditions or proper reforms still have not been fully realized today I did expect on his actual trial and appeals But his prose was really insightful and I am inspired to learn and advocate for fairness

  5. Jake Jake says:

    Pick it up read it decide what action you feel you need to take Political prisoners are nothing new but in the time of Facebook Goodreads Blogs and we all have a outlet for our political views Challenge anything that you feel to be unjust

  6. Angie Angie says:

    Just reading the sections on how Mumia was railroaded during his trial and the following appeals and how The Baldus Study has proven that defendants charged with killing whites are 43 times likely to be sentenced to die then defendants charged with killing blacks; 6 of every 11 defendants convicted of killing a white would not have received a death sentence had their victim been black are infuriating From that study alone it shows how the Black Lives Matter movement is very much needed Cause the courts apparently don't think so And before you argue that that study is old take a moment pause and think of Michael Brown Trayvon Martin Eric Gardner and the many other cases that have happened in the last couple years and reconsideerI also found it very strange to realize that our correctional centers don't have much correcting going on Mumia is right what is the point of have prisoners locked up most of the day in tiny cells and then give them an hour or two of time in a courtyard outside For prisoners going back to the regular world someday this is asinine We are giving them no tools or skills to help make themselves a better people and they end up leaving the same or worse then they were beforeIn conclusion This is an IMPORTANT book Read it nerds

  7. Eva Leger Eva Leger says:

    This was a mistake for me to have picked up I know next to nothing about this man or this case but wasam interested in learning Being that I don't know a lot about this I can't come to a conclusion on whether I think he's innocent or guilty and whether or not I think the trial was biased I'm inclined to assume he's guilty Most people convicted are guilty He may be one of the few with mitigating circumstances I don't know But the little of this book that I read was someone crying about prison conditions Um yeah prison sucks Don't kill people Don't rape kids Don't rob old ladies or banks I'm fairly positive I wouldn't like prison too much so I refrain from commiting crimes Or I'm sorry should we fill the prisons with king sized beds and gourmet food? Or maybe have no prison at all? Just let everyone do whatever the hell they want? If anyone knows of a book that I could learn about this man's case from I'm be interested in getting the recommendation I do NOT however want to read about how prison life is lacking

  8. Owen Owen says:

    An important book he covers mainly the inside view of life and death on death row and the injustices personal and societal he has witnessed Towards the end he opens into broad political essays with one paragraph I will keep at hand that calls out the hypocrisy in the numerous violent aggressions of the US juxtaposing it against the facetious embrace of King's legacy of nonviolence Because of the depth of philosophy spiritual and political writing in Death Blossoms his later work I actually prefer that book but I look forward to finding and reading by this insightful visionary revolutionary thinker

  9. Courtney Henley-Anderson Courtney Henley-Anderson says:

    This book changed my Life literally I read it and it called me to action Mumia is an innocent political prisoner and I have worked as an Activist on his case for 11 years now His writings about the horrible conditions on the Death Rows of American Gulags is both insightful and vital Although incarcerated in a room the size of a tiny bathroom for almost 14 years at the time he wrote this book Mumia turned the story of his and the other prisoners plights into sheer poetry Another must read

  10. Andrew Duenez Andrew Duenez says:

    Mumia describes the significance of the correctional system we have here in the US From this book among other mediums I have learned that the US is becoming a prison country The face of that prison system is blacker than any other aspect of American life In some states where the african am population is but a uarter the prison is made up of over 50% of black life it's pretty crazy that we just accept it all I mean they distract us with so many things that we don't have time to think about these things Recommend if you know nothing about the prison system

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