Friday, March 6, 2009

Justice Center article on death penalty cited in Anchorage Daily News opinion piece

A history of capital punishment in Alaska by Melissa Green, a publication specialist at the Justice Center, was cited in an opinion piece by UAA history professor Steve Haycox, “Reason argues against death penalty," which appeared in the March 6, 2009 edition of the Anchorage Daily News.

The history referred to by Dr. Haycox is "A History of the Death Penalty in Alaska," which Green wrote in 2001 based on previously published research by Anchorage attorney Averil Lerman, the Alaska Legislative Research Agency, historian K.S. Kynell, and other sources.

The history is part of the Justice Center's "Focus on the Death Penalty" website, an educational resource that "is not intended to take sides in the debate on the death penalty. Rather, its purpose is to give as full a picture as possible, using existing Internet resources, of the complex issues surrounding capital punishment and its application." The site is in the process of being updated.