Book Projects

Deadly Justice: A Statistical Portrait of the Death Penalty

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated all existing death penalty laws in Furman v. Georgia. In striking down these state laws, the court cited how these sentences were administered with a seemingly arbitrary and capricious nature. After making this landmark decision, the Court abruptly shifted course by validating a set of laws reinstating the death penalty in Gregg v. Georgia(1976). In reversing its previous decision, the Court attempted to create a new system that corrected the biases of the pre-Furman system by zeroing in on the crimes most deserving of death. In Deadly Justice: A Statistical Portrait of the Death Penalty (Oxford University Press, 2018), my co-authors and I investigate whether the modern death penalty system satisfied the issues raised by the Furman majority. Specifically, have the states reserved death for only the truly heinous crimes, or does the capriciousness, bias, and arbitrariness outlined by the Furman majority continue to pervade the system? Drawing upon data on death sentences and executions since 1976, we describe the failure of the current system. Not only have state governments failed to correct the issues raised in Furman, but we identify several new problems the justices never anticipated: high costs, botched executions, processing delays, geographic arbitrariness, high reversal rates, and last-minute execution stays. The book’s descriptive results have informed various policy-advocacy organizations, such as the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), and the United States Supreme Court – 585 U. S. (2018) (Breyer Dissenting).

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Essays

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Opinion

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2021

Goodwill, Sam. 2021. “Article Name Here.” Publication Name, January 1, 2023. Article Link.

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Goodwill, Sam. 2021. “Article Name Here.” Publication Name, January 1, 2023. Article Link.

Goodwill, Sam. 2021. “Article Name Here.” Publication Name, January 1, 2023. Article Link.

Goodwill, Sam. 2021. “Article Name Here.” Publication Name, January 1, 2023. Article Link.