Since 1982, more than 400 executions have taken place in Texas. No other state in the nation executes its citizens like Texas, a state that clearly has a love affair with the death penalty. Detour to Death Row is the story of David Atwood—a retired oil company engineer, committed Christian, student of nonviolence and tireless activist—and his 15-year effort to abolish the death penalty in Texas. It is also the story of the people he met on his journey: men and women on death row, their families, the families of the victims and fellow death penalty activists across the globe. It is the story of a failed system of retribution and a story of hope that there is a better way of justice.
Atwood, David. Detour to Death Row. San Antonio, Texas: PeaceCenter Books, 2008.
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