Saturday, 15 February 2014
Regency D (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
This talk provides an overview of the primary data sources for death penalty research and its limitations. We will then examine data requirements for research at each stage of a capital prosecution. We are particularly interested in exploring the ways that politics, luck, institutional legacies, or other irrational factors limit researchersí access to data. We discuss how these factors play a significant role in capital punishment research where local engaged officials control essential data.