Professors collaborate to examine costs of the death penalty

May 22, 2014

Professors from Seattle University and the School of Law will work together to examine the costs of the death penalty.

Professor from Practice Bob Boruchowitz, the director of the law school's Defender Initiative, and Criminal Justice Professor Peter Collins received a $50,000 research grant from the ACLU. They will conduct a study to estimate of costs if the death penalty were replaced with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have abolished the death penalty.

Boruchowitz leads the law school initiative to improve public defense representation. He was the director of the Defender Association for 28 years. Collins focuses on cost-benefit and evaluation, criminal law, criminal justice management and practice, and juvenile justice and corrections.

Joining the lead researchers in this first collaborative research grant between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law are Mark Larranaga, an adjunct faculty in the School of Law  and former head of the Death Penalty Assistance Center at The Defender Association; Criminal Justice Professor Matthew Hickman, Professor David Brody from Washington State University, and senior legal consultants from private and public practice.