Everyone must be afforded due process rights, especially those facing the ultimate penalty: execution. The DPP has made extraordinary progress in protecting this most fundamental right in a range of jurisdiction.

DPP Talk Series 2015: “The Changing Nature of the Death Penalty Debates: A Case Study from Colorado” by Professor Michael Radelet

How the death penalty has been defended has undergone significant changes since the mid-1970s, when most of the existing death penalty statutes in the U.S. were drafted.  Most of the major death penalty arguments have been undermined or totally debunked, in large due to empirical social science research.  Looking specifically at Colorado, Mike will discuss how some of the top issues today, especially botched executions and a renewed call for secrecy, have their roots in debates that go back over 100 years.

 

About Mike Radelet

Mike started to work on death penalty issues in 1979 when he was on the faculty at the University of Florida, where, among other things, he went through last visits with approximately 50 inmates on the eves of their executions.  His research has focused primarily on erroneous convictions, executing the mentally ill, racial disparities in death sentencing, and families of homicide victims in cases where the homicide has not been solved by the police.  He is currently finishing a book on the history of the death penalty in Colorado.

 

Date: 16th February 2015

Time: 6pm-7pm, with drinks to follow

Venue: The Death Penalty Project, 8-9 Frith Street, W1D 3JB

 

RSVP to events@deathpenaltyproject.org

 

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