Death penalty

Links last verified 7 Mar 2016
 

Alaska as a state has never had a death penalty. However, in Alaska's territorial days, eight men were executed under civil authority between 1900 and 1957, when the Territorial Legislature abolished capital punishment, two years before Alaska statehood.

7 Mar 2016: Information on the history of the death penalty in Alaska is being revised and updated.

Justice Center publications & papers

Articles

Alaska Justice Forum

"Capital Punishment 2007 and 2008" (2009).

"The Death Penalty in Alaska" by Melissa S. Green (2009).

"An International Perspective on the Death Penalty" (2009).

"Capital Punishment 2000 and 2001" (2002).

"An International Perspective on the Death Penalty" (2002).

"Capital Punishment in the U.S. in 1997 (A BJS Report)" by Bureau of Justice Statistics (1999).

"International Data on the Death Penalty" (1999).

"Death Penalty Internet Site" (1998).

"Capital Punishment in 1995 (A BJS Report)" by Bureau of Justice Statistics (1997).

"Capital Offenses, by State, 1995" by Bureau of Justice Statistics (1997).

"The Death Penalty: An International Perspective" (1997).

"The Trial and Hanging of Nelson Charles" by Averil Lerman (1996).

"Capital Punishment, 1994 (A BJS Report)" by Bureau of Justice Statistics (1996).

"Capital Punishment 1993 (A BJS Report)" by Bureau of Justice Statistics (1995).

"Capital Offenses, by State, 1993" by Bureau of Justice Statistics (1995).

Focus on the Death Penalty

"A History of the Death Penalty in Alaska" by Melissa S. Green (2001; 2013).

"Senate Bill 60: Advisory Vote on Capital Punishment, 20th Alaska Legislature, 1997–1998" by Melissa S. Green (2001).

 

Reprinted with permission:


"Capital Punishment in Territorial Alaska: The Last Three Executions" by Averil Lerman. Frame of Reference [Alaska Humanities Forum], Apr 1998. (url).

"My Last Hanging — Thoughts on an Execution (Juneau, Nov. 10, 1939)" by John L. Gaffney. We Alaskans [Sunday magazine of Anchorage Daily News], 23 Apr 1995..

Other resources

Organizations

Anti-death penalty

Death penalty defense

Pro death penalty

Court decisions & legal history

National statistics & reports

International