Donald A. Cabana teaches criminal justice at Southern Mississippi University. He was a prison administrator at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Bridgewater, the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, the Alachua County Department of Corrections in Gainesville, Florida, and the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City. He lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
"What makes [Cabana's] book powerful is that he doesn't cloud his experiences with a philosophical diatribe. He carries no agenda except that of a confessor. Though the memoir gains greatly from Cabana's expertise in corrections and will no doubt provide ammunition for anti-death penalty factions, it is best read as the outpouring of one man who simply wants to tell us of the awfulness of putting someone to death, someone who is unmistakably human, someone like you and me."--Paul Bennett, Philadelphia Inquirer
"In this folksy narrative, Cabana, a prison official for 25 years, recounts his experiences and his change of heart about the death penalty . . . A gentle and affecting addition to the Dead Man Walking canon."--Kirkus Reviews