"Released from Death Row: What Now?"
February 6, 2013
Justice Sciences presents a Colloquium with Kathryn Morgan, Associate Professor of Justice Sciences
Hill University Center Alumni Auditorium
Approximately 5000 individuals are wrongfully convicted each year in the United States, and of that number, approximately 2000 are incarcerated. What is even more alarming is the fact that wrongful convictions occur in capital punishment cases. Since the reinstatement of capital punishment, there have been approximately 138 defendants who were convicted and sentenced to death, and who were then acquitted at re-trial, had their convictions overturned, or charges dropped.
In her colloquium, Morgan explores the cases of eight Alabama former death row inmates who were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death. Although acquitted of all charges, released individuals are often still viewed with suspicion. This research focuses on what happens when inmates are released from death row. This research is a part of a book project: America’s Legacy of Shame: Wrongful Death Convictions in Alabama 1900-2011.
Dr. Kathryn Morgan is the Director of the African American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. She attended Texas Woman’s University where she received her B.S. and Master’s degrees in Sociology. She was awarded a PhD in Criminology from Florida State University in 1991. In the same year she joined the UAB faculty of the Department of Justice Sciences where she currently serves as Associate Professor. She has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles on issues related to criminal justice, focusing on the identification of strategies and factors that contribute to success in probation outcomes.