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Deadly Justice
A Statistical Portrait of the Death Penalty

Frank R. Baumgartner, Marty Davidson, Kaneesha R. Johnson, Arvind Krishnamurthy, and Colin P. Wilson

Oxford University Press, 2018


Media Discussion


During the period when we were writing the book we published a number of short essays in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage and in other outlets, as follows:


Listen to a recent podcast with the Death Penalty Information Center, October 2021 (37 minutes of audio)


If Biden abolishes the federal death penalty, he’ll have more support than you think. Monkey Cage, August 3, 2021. (Frank R. Baumgartner)


Focus Carolina: Frank Baumgartner, WCHL-FM, September 24, 2018. (includes a 5 minute audio segment about the book.)


Scholars Strategy Network, Key Findings (two-page summary of our book), February 2018.


A few counties are responsible for the vast majority of executions. This explains why. Monkey Cage, February 1, 2018 (Frank R. Baumgartner, Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier and Benjamin W. Campbell)


Undergraduate research takes center stage in new book on the death penalty. UNC College of Arts and Science web page. By Kim Spurr. October 9, 2017.


Scholars Strategy Network, No Jargon: Episode 79: Is the Death Penalty Dying? April 19, 2017, conversation with Frank R. Baumgartner by Avi Green. (30 minute podcast)


Arkansas plans to execute 7 men in 11 days. They’re likely to botch one. Monkey Cage, April 14, 2017 (Frank R. Baumgartner and Kaneesha Johnson)


Does the death penalty target people who are mentally ill? We checked. Monkey Cage, April 3, 2017 (Frank R. Baumgartner and Betsy Neill)

U.S. executions and death sentences dropped dramatically in 2016 — except in a few hotspots. Monkey Cage, January 27, 2017. (Frank R. Baumgartner, Arvind Krishnamurthy, and Emily Williams). Supplemental materials.


Forty Years of Experience with the “New and Improved” Death Penalty, 1976–2016, The American Prospect, July 5, 2016.


Americans are turning against the death penalty. Are politicians far behind? Monkey Cage, December 7, 2015 (Frank R. Baumgartner, Emily Williams and Kaneesha Johnson). Data. Codebook.


The death penalty is about to go on trial in California. Here’s why it might lose. Monkey Cage, August 5, 2015.


The number of lethal injections is declining. That’s what history would predict. Monkey Cage, June 29, 2015.


Most death penalty sentences are overturned. Here’s why that matters. Monkey Cage, March 17, 2015. (Frank R. Baumgartner and Anna W. Dietrich)



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