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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

Death Penalty: Words of the Condemned and Their Co-Victims

Nickie Phillips

In this episode we interview death penalty expert Dr. Scott Vollum, Assistant Professor at James Madison University. His book Last Words and the Death Penalty (2008) has just been released in paperback.


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del Carmen, R. V., Vollum, S., Cheeseman, K., San Miguel, C., & Frantzen, D. (2008) The Death Penalty: Constitutional Issues, Commentaries, and Case Briefs, 2nd Edition. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing.

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Vollum, S. (2008). Last words and the death penalty: Voices of the condemned and their co-victims.  New York, NY: LFB Scholarly Publishing.

Creative work about Karla Faye Tucker:

Steve Earle, "Karla" (2002) [play]

Indigo Girls, "Faye Tucker" (1999) [song]