Collins Receives Grant for Death Penalty Study

Written by Laura Paskink
May 13, 2014

Criminal Justice Professor Peter Collins and Law Professor Robert Boruchowitz received a $50,000 research grant from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State to examine the costs of the death penalty as it is currently enforced. The study, “Examining the Economic Costs of Life Without the Possibility of Parole as an Alternative to the Death Penalty in Washington State,” will include an estimate of costs if the death penalty were replaced with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have abolished the death penalty.

“This research will help us to more fully understand the shared costs associated with death penalty trials, as well as shed light upon any potential future costs or benefits if the death penalty were replaced,” Collins said.

Joining the lead researchers in this first collaborative research grant between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law are Criminal Justice Professor Matthew Hickman, Professor David Brody from Washington State University, and senior legal consultants from private and public practice.

Collins, who joined the faculty in 2011, focuses on cost-benefit and evaluation, criminal law, criminal justice management and practice, and juvenile justice and corrections.  He recently published Criminal Justice Management: Theory and Practice in Justice-Centered Organizations with Professor Mary K. Stohr (Routledge, 2013) and Crime and Justice in the City as Seen Through The Wire with Professor David Brody (Carolina Academic Press, 2013).

Boruchowitz leads the law school initiative to advance efforts to improve public defense representation. He was an attorney at The Defender Association in King County, Washington, for 33 years.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers six undergraduate criminal justice degrees, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Crime Analysis.