Episode 79

Is the Death Penalty Dying?

April 19, 2017
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Criminal Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Race & Ethnicity
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Changing public opinion and high costs have death sentences in decline in America. Professor Frank Baumgartner explains that when they do happen, race, mental illness, and even location predict who is sentenced and executed — not just the crime.

For more on this topic
  • Check out his research on state’s death penalty system discussed in the Louisiana Weekly.
  • See the latest from the death penalty debate in the New York Times article on the Arkansas executions.

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