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.
Read Beckett’s feature in the Seattle Times, Meet the UW Professor who just killed the death penalty.
Check out Beckett and Evans’ paper, Race, Death, and Justice: Capital Sentencing in Washington State, 1891-2014