This Article examines creative expressions produced by the death row faction of the incarcerated population. Looking at these works provide insights about what it means to live as a condemned person in our society, and about the people who occupy the death rows across our nation. After reviewing and analyzing a substantial amount of the enormous body of work of this genre, it became apparent that the condemned's creative endeavors reflect how they address and handle serious issues such as their executions and the ways spirituality influences their life. When the individual issues are examined, two general themes are evident: existence under the sentence of death and surviving the rigors of living under a sentence of death. These general themes found in creative endeavors by the condemned are explored in greater detail in Parts I and II of this Article where some of the specific issues encompassed in each theme are examined. The Conclusion in Part IV briefly summarizes what examining the creative endeavors by the condemned reveals.
Roberta M. Harding, Gallery of the Doomed: An Exploration of Creative Endeavors by the Condemned, 28 New Eng. J. on Crim. & Civ. Confinement 195 (2002).