"Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future" is Published

In December 1999, [Jesse Jackson Jr.] co-authored It's About the Money: How You Can Get Out of Debt, Build Wealth, and Achieve Your Financial Dreams.

The book is a self-help book with directions for achieving personal financial independence. The book is targeted toward people of limited means. In the fall of 2001, he co-authored Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future, also known as Legal Lynching II. With coauthors, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jackson, Jr., and Bruce Shapiro, the anti-death penalty voice was heard very publicly. The book was published at a time when public opposition to the death penalty was at a historically high level by two of America's most prominent civil rights leaders

In this collaborative work, the Jacksons, father (former presidential candidate and founder of the Rainbow Coalition) and son (a congressional representative) with Salon.com editor Shapiro, pursue a nationwide conversation on the issues surrounding the death penalty one that begins with the proposal of a moratorium and could lead to the eventual cessation of capital punishment. This book describes a bureaucratic nightmare involving defense lawyers asleep at trial, vengeance-hungry politicos and a problematic, imperfect justice system in which the handing out of death sentences is skewed, both racially and economically. An objective examination of this penal system would be beneficial to all, say the authors: since the Supreme Court allowed executions to resume in 1976, one in every eight prisoners on death row has been found innocent and released.

Tracing the death penalty from its historical roots to its current application, Legal Lynching exposes chilling accounts of mangled justice, frequent legal error, racial and economic discrimination, and government misconduct. The authors challenge legal, social, and moral misconceptions to deliver an invaluable, clearly reasoned call for a moratorium on state-sanctioned killing until the system can be fixed.