Racism and the Death Penalty

May 7, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Pilarczyk Center (Moeddel Room)
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Bob Stoughton
Racism and the Death Penalty @ Pilarczyk Center (Moeddel Room) | Dayton | Ohio | United States
Potluck supper   5:30
Meeting   6:007:30


Our guest speaker will be Jamie Longazel, Ph.D., a faculty member at UD, who will speak about racism and the death penalty.


Background:  While the handing down of death sentences and the rate of executions are both in decline across the country, there remain pockets of relatively high use of the death penalty, for example certain counties within Ohio.  Jamie is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and co-author of a recent article about “the enduring cultural life of America’s death penalty” which takes a hard look at “how capital punishment operates in a field of violently defended racial boundaries.” In particular the article deals with Maricopa County, Arizona (the home of “Sheriff Joe”) and how “racist localisms” (a kind of folk knowledge that persists because of longstanding conditions of racial stratification, media coverage, and official actions of political and criminal justice elites) help perpetuate the death penalty.


I hope you can join us as we discuss the implications of this analysis for our efforts to abolish the death penalty in Ohio.