Professor of Law and Epidemiology at Columbia University
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"When only a tiny proportion of the individuals who commit murder are sentenced to death, capital punishment is unconstitutionally irrational because it serves no identifiable penal function. A death penalty that is almost never used serves no deterrent function, because no would-be murderer can expect to be executed. Nor can a rarely used death penalty serve a declarative or symbolic function to express the punishment society deems appropriate for murder, because that crime will almost never lead to that penalty."
"Public Policy Choices on Deterrence and the Death Penalty: A Critical Review of New Evidence," deathpenaltyinfo.org, July 14, 2005
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Fellow, American Society of Criminology, 2002-present
Professor of Law and Epidemiology, Columbia University, 2001-present
Director, Center for Crime, Community and Law, Columbia University Law School, 2001-present
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University, 1999-present
Fellow, Earl Warren Legal Institute, School of Law, University of California-Berkeley, 1999-present
Senior Justice Fellow, Open Society Institute, 2005-2006
Professor of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, 1989-1996
Senior Research Fellow, New York City Criminal Justice Agency, 1986-1988
Director, Center for Law and Social Policy, URSA Institute, 1977-1986
Research Director, Northern California Service League, 1975-1976
Associate Research Analyst, Office of Criminal Justice Planning, 1974-1975
Director, College of Urban Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1970-1974
PhD, Policy Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1975
MS, Human Factors Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1971
BE, Industrial Engineering, New York University, 1968