The Death Penalty in the Age of Data, Science, and Abolition

The Death Penalty in the Age of Data, Science, and Abolition

This event was held live on May 22, 2020.  For more information, see the Agenda and Speaker Bios document

The bottom of this page has related links (like Sister Helen's website, Witness to Innocence website, and powerpoint presentations used during the event).  

Welcome and Introductions

Father Stephen Sundborg, SJ, President, Seattle University
Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott, Professor/Director, Seattle University Crime & Justice Research Center

Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking and River of Fire

Washington Innocence Project

Jacqueline McMurtrie, Clinic Faculty Director, Washington Innocence Project
Lara Zarowsky, Nonprofit Executive Director, Washington Innocence Project

Defending Capital Cases

Mike Russo, JD, Seattle University School of Law

Poems from Strange Fruit Poems on the Death Penalty

Ed Harkness, Sally Hedges-Blanquez, Esther Altshul Helfgott, Raechl Kynor, and Sarah Zale

Kirk Bloodsworth

Kirk Bloodsworth, Death Row Exoneree, Director of Witness to Innocence

Death Penalty Research from Washington State

Peter Collins, PhD, Bob Boruchowitz, JD, Co-Authors (with Matt Hickman and Mark Larranaga) of An Analysis of the Economic Costs of Seeking the Death Penalty in Washington

Heather Evans, PhD, Co-author (with Katherine Beckett, PhD) of The Role of Race in Washington State Capital Sentencing, 1981 - 2014

Dan Satterberg

Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney

Discussion Panel

Jacqueline Helfgott - Moderator

Sister Helen Prejean, Kirk Bloodsworth, Dan Satterberg - Panelists

Wrap-Up and Thank You! 

Dr. Matthew Hickman, Professor/Chair, Seattle University Criminal Justice Department