Coming Full Circle

3 Percent of All Executions Since 1900 Were Botched, Amherst College Study Finds

Submitted on Wednesday, 6/6/2012, at 4:39 PM

May 25, 2012

AMHERST, Mass.—Since the beginning of the 20th century, an estimated 3 percent of all executions in the United States were “botched,” according to Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat and a team of undergraduate researchers. The group found that, of approximately 9,000 capital punishments that took place in the country from 1900 to 2011, 270 of them involved some problem in carrying out the death penalty.

Peter Rooney's Book About an Innocent Man Imprisoned

Peter Rooney, the head of Public Affairs for Amherst, spoke with the Amherst Bulletin about his book Die Free: A True Story of Murder, Betrayal and Miscarried Justice, which grew out of his coverage of a murder trial in 1988 when he was a reporter for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. Read about it here.

Austin Sarat Edits Two New Books, Prepares For NEH Seminar for School Teachers

Submitted on Friday, 8/12/2011, at 6:33 PM

By William Sweet

Austin Sarat

For many, the legal system can be a remote entity, something known mostly through film and literature. But for some, the U.S. justice system is anything but remote. It is the means by which they will die.

Los Angeles Times: N.J. on the verge of repealing death penalty

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor, discussed his opinion on capital punishment in a Dec. 14 article in the Los Angeles Times.