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Within These Walls: Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain

by Rev. Carroll Pickett, Carlton Stowers

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This is a wonderful book, full of depth, but quite simply written. Although the author is an ordained pastor and his ministry is a Christian one, there is scarcely a mention of either Christianity or religon in the book. Instead its a perspective on prison inmates, mostly the murderers who ended up on death row in Texas, with their crimes detailed but from the point of view of one ministering to them rather than judging them. It was interesting to see how he continually needed to reiterate why he felt so strongly about being the last friend and comforter on earth to these men when he was opposed to the death penalty, although he doesn't make that clear until the end.

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"Within These Walls is the memoir of Rev. Carroll Pickett, who spent fifteen years as the death house chaplain at "The Walls," the Huntsville unit of the Texas prison system. In that capacity Reverend Pickett ministered to ninety-five men before they were put to death by lethal injection. They came with sinister nicknames like "The Candy Man" and "The Good Samaritan Killer," some contrite, some angry - a few who might have even been innocent. All of them found in Reverend Pickett their last chance for an unbiased confessor who would look at them only as fellow humans, not simply as the convicted criminals the rest of society had already dismissed them as. This firsthand experience gave Reverend Pickett the unique insight needed to write an impassioned statement on the realities of capital punishment in America. The result is a thought-provoking and compelling book that takes the reader inside the criminal mind, inside the execution chamber, and inside the heart of a remarkable man who shares his thoughts and observations not only about capital punishment, but about the dark world of prison society."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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