The Death Penalty: Who Dies and Why
RadioEd is a biweekly podcast created by the DU Newsroom that taps into the University of Denver’s deep pool of bright brains to explore new takes on today’s top stories.
The criminal justice system in the United States is under scrutiny as calls for reform grow. In this episode, we take a closer look at the death penalty. We talk its evolution and how the United States compares to the rest of the world on capital punishment. University of Denver criminology and sociology professor Scott Phillips shares insights from his latest research on the subject and reveals what his team found about the death penalty as it relates to race and gender.
In this episode:
- New York Times: A Vast Racial Gap in Death Penalty Cases, New Study Finds
- Study: Whom the State Kills
- Coauthor: Justin Marceau, Brooks Institute faculty research scholar and professor at the Sturm College of Law
- The Dallas Morning News: Our research shows the death sentence in Texas is more likely if the victim is a white woman
- Study: A Systematic Lottery: The Texas Death Penalty, 1976 to 2016
- Coauthor: Trent Steidley, Assistant professor in the department of sociology and criminology
- New York Times: Colorado Abolishes Death Penalty and Commutes Sentences of Death Row Inmates
- CNN: Can babies tell right from wrong? Inside Yale's 'Baby Lab'