Curtis McCarty Speaks at Doane College in Crete

By: Dr. Betty Levitov, English Professor and Dr. Danelle DeBoer, Sociology Professor Although I’m not much given to “should” or “ought,” Curtis McCarty should be heard and seen in person. I was fortunate to be in the audience when he came to Doane College as a guest of the Sociology department as part of a regional conference. He visited sociology classes and my class, a first-year seminar designed to introduce students to the Liberal Arts. Amy Miller, President of the Board of Directors for NADP, introduced McCarty, at the beginning of class. He stood in the front of the classroom in his jeans and tennis shoes, short-sleeve tee shirt over a long-sleeve tee shirt, slim, fit, and from the nec

Justice Stevens Voices Support for Repealing the Death Penalty

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens cast one of the votes that brought the death penalty back in 1976. At the time, he felt that it was possible to ensure “even-handed, rational, and consistent imposition of death sentences under law.” In 2008, two years prior to his retirement from the court, Justice Stevens changed his mind, stating that he now believed the death penalty to be unconstitutional. The reason for his change of heart has had been unknown until recently. In a new essay published in The New York Review of Books, he wrote that personnel changes on the court, combined with “regrettable judicial activism,” had created a system of capital punishment that is plagued by raci

Could Abolishing the Death Penalty Help Save States Money?

By Maya Srikrishnan at In 2003, Seattle resident Robert Kerr was abducted from his apartment and found dead 30 miles from his home, with his bank account emptied and without clothes or identification. At the end of 2010, the state of Washington has yet to arrest or convict anyone for his death. While Kerr’s killers have never been found, the state will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in the coming year on the death penalty for people already behind bars — a situation that has reformers, and Kerr’s family, clamoring for change. Kerr’s case is one of thousands of unsolved murders, and it’s the reason his sister, Judy Kerr, supports her state, California, in abolishing the de


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