Past Event

Katherine Beckett - How Social Science Stopped the Death Penalty

October 23, 2019
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
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Allan Rosenfield Building (Room 532), Columbia University, 722 West 168th Street, New York

Event Description: 

The Washington State Supreme Court recently invalidated the state's death penalty statute based on evidence, submitted by Drs. Katherine Beckett and Heather Evans, that the death penalty was administered in a racially biased and arbitrary manner. In How Social Science Stopped the Death Penalty: The Politics of Life & Death: Lessons from Washington State, Katherine Beckett will reflect on the litigation that resulted in this ruling and its impact on criminal justice reform efforts, especially efforts to reduce the number of people serving life-without-parole sentences.

Event Speaker: 

Katherine Beckett is the Frank S. Miyamoto Professor of Sociology at University of Washington

Event Information:

Open to the Columbia University community. For more information, please visit the event webpage. Please contact Nitanya Nedd at 212-305-1307 or [email protected] with any questions. 

Presented by the Department of Sociomedical Sciences as part of the Sophie and Alex Rosner Seminar on Health, History, and Social Justice series. Sponsored by the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health