Mario Marazziti, in conversation with Harriett McCulloch, presents his book 13 Ways of Looking at the Death Penalty (Seven Stories Press, 2015).
In 13 Ways of Looking at the Death Penalty, Italian legislator and political organizer Mario Marazziti achieves what might sound impossible: a book about the death penalty that takes on this weightiest of subjects in a charming and intimate way, bringing home the vast numbers of people affected and showing why the stakes are high not only for those on death row but for us all.
Drawing on his years at the forefront of the struggle over capital punishment as the spokesperson for the Community of Sant’Egidio – the Rome-based progressive Catholic NGO that has done more to change attitudes and laws around the death penalty across the globe than perhaps any other group – Marazziti weaves together strands of reportage, research, personal narrative, and soulful reflection into a portrait, both moving and highly informative, of what the death penalty looks like like today, and where it may be heading in the future.
Mario Marazziti co-founded the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty in 2002. He is known internationally as the the spokesperson for the Community of Sant’Egidio, a progressive Catholic movement devoted to peacemaking and human rights, based in Rome and present in seventy countries. He is also a longtime contributing writer to Corriere della Sera. In 2012 he was elected to the lower House of Parliament in Italy, where he pursues a broad human rights portfolio. He lives in Rome.
Harriet McCulloch is Deputy Director of Reprieve’s Death Penalty Team. She trained as a solicitor with a Magic Circle firm in London. She has worked for Reprieve as a caseworker and a Fellow on issues relating to capital trials and sentencing, access to justice and prisoners’ rights in South East Asia, Malawi and the USA.