Episode 167

A Case of Life and Death

March 14, 2019
  • Criminal Justice
  • Law & Courts
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Democracy & Governance

The death penalty has a long and controversial history in the US. And 30 states still have it on the books. But in 2018, the Washington State Supreme Court decided to ban this punishment after seeing evidence of deep racial inequalities. Doctors Katherine Beckett and Heather Evans lay out what their research says about the death penalty in Washington, how they got involved in this case, and what it was like defending their work with life and death on the line.

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