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Episode 1180

Death penalty logic / Sarah Beth Kaufman

Jun 3 2020

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Sarah Beth Kaufman

Nothing to be reformed: Punitive citizenship and social bias in death penalty trials.

Sociologist Sarah Beth Kaufman examines the mechanisms of injustice built into American death penalty trials - from the racial and class barriers to adequate legal representation, to the ways those barriers extend into the performances of grief, guilt and danger - and explains why capital punishment will never deliver justice to victims, or society at large.

Sarah Beth is author of American Roulette: The Social Logic of Death Penalty Sentencing Trials from University of California Press.