The Justice Center has developed a new site on the Internet, Focus on the Death Penalty. The site (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/just/death/) has been established to provide as full a picture as possible, using Internet resources, of the complexities surrounding capital punishment. It does not advocate a particular position in the death penalty debate. The information, with associated links to other relevant sites, is presented in a series of sections.
Alaska & the Death Penalty presents a summary of the death penalty in Territorial Alaska and legislative information on current efforts to reintroduce the death penalty to the state.
History & Recent Developments provides a history of the death penalty in the U.S. since 1930 and links to significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions on capital punishment. Death Penalty Statistics provides statistical information on the death penalty and its application in the U.S., including the number of executions and number of prisoners under sentence of death. Death Row links to several state prison systems with death row information, sites about life on death row and death row prisoners, and methods of execution.
The Debate introduces the debate on the death penalty with a number of sites providing arguments on both sides of the issue, including law enforcement and religious viewpoints. Specific Issues provides a more in-depth look at relevant arguments on the cost of the death penalty, the possibility of executing innocent persons, arbitrary application of the death penalty, including allegations about racial disparity and unequal justice, and other issues. Organizations & Sites, Pro & Con gives links to organizations and web sites advocating both sides of the death penalty debate.
Finally, The International Context provides links to international treaties and protocols on the death penalty and other resources demonstrating how other nations view the death penalty.
Melissa S. Green of the Justice Center designed and maintains the site.