Book Panel: The Death Penalty at the 'End of Its Rope' and the Future of Criminal Justice

Thursday, Feb. 22

4 p.m., Caplin Pavilion, UVA Law

Reception to follow

Leading litigators and scholars will discuss UVA Law professor Brandon L. Garrett's new book, "End Of Its Rope: How Killing the Death Penalty Can Revive Criminal Justice."

The book analyzes data on over two decades of death sentences to both explore causes of the decline in American death sentencing and its implications for the future of criminal justice reform.

Panelists include death penalty lawyer David Bruck of Washington & Lee Law School; Robin Konrad of the Death Penalty Information Center; Evan Mandery of John Jay College and author of "A Wild Justice"; and Carol Steiker of Harvard Law School and the Criminal Justice Policy Program, and co-author of "Courting Justice."

UVA Law professsor Steve Braga, director of clinical programs and director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic, will serve as moderator.

Garrett's research and teaching interests include criminal procedure, wrongful convictions, habeas corpus, corporate crime, scientific evidence, civil rights, civil procedure and constitutional law. His recent research includes studies of DNA exonerations and organizational prosecutions. Garrett is also the author of "Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations" and "Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong."