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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


Published Reviews


Our book appeared in bookstores in November 2017. As they appear, we will post copies or links to reviews of our book here.


Media Coverage:


New Books Network, an interview by Heath Brown with Frank Baumgartner, December 22, 2017. (19 minutes of audio)

Houston leads the nation as the execution epicenter, by Tammy Feldstein, NewsFix (Houston Texas), November 28, 2017.


What's New, Death Penalty Information Center, November 27, 2017.


Professor explains why Texas executes so many prisoners, by Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, November 22, 2017. (on-line) Houston: Ground zero for the death penalty. Study shows Harris County is most active in capital punishment, driven by district attorney choices, by Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, November 27, 2017. (print version)


Academic Reviews:


Conklin, Michael. 2019. Painting a Deceptive Portrait: A Critical Review of Deadly Justice. New Criminal Law Review 22 (2): 223–231.


Jochnowitz, Leona Deborah, The (Uncertain) 'Withering Away' of the Death Penalty Due to Decreasing Popularity and Super-Regulatory Costs (December 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: or


The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), August 2018, p. 54, by Robert Sanger.


Hoyle, Carolyn. 2018. The American death penalty: A flawed institution. The Political Quarterly 89, 3: 517–519.


Criminal Justice Policy Review 30, 5 (2019): 811-813, by Brandon C. Dulisse.


Choice, vol. 55, no. 9 (May 2018), by J. S. Taylor.


Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, March 2018, by Mary Welek Atwell.


(This page was last updated November 27, 2019.)

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