Joe’s Writings

In a Yale Law Journal note, published just weeks before his scheduled execution date, Joe discussed the fallibility in our criminal justice system and the need for the writ of habeas corpus as a safety valve when the system makes errors.

“To the Best of Our Knowledge, We Have Never Been Wrong”: Fallibility vs. Finality in Capital Punishment.

Joe has also expressed his views on the debate over constitutional interpretation between strict constructionists and those who advocate for a more living constitution.

Reflections on Our Constitution

A Reflection on Offenders and Parole” by Joe Giarratano.
”Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” – Nietzsche
”Compassion is the basis of all morality” – Schopenhauer

Read the article here!


The Need for a More Integral Approach To Criminal Justice
Written for the “Symposium on the growth of the carceral state” University of Virginia, 16-17 april 2009