wrote this website?"
The Focus on the Death Penalty website is designed, written,
and maintained by Melissa S. Green, a staff member of the Justice
Center at University of Alaska
Anchorage. Green also designed and maintains the overall Justice
Alaska have a death penalty?"
No. Alaska had a death penalty during territorial days
until the Territorial Legislature abolished it in 1957. Since Alaska
Statehood in 1959, Alaska has never had a death penalty, though there
have been a number of attempts to introduce one. Further information
about the history of the death penalty in Alaska is on the Alaska
portion of this site.
is your position on the death penalty?"
This site takes no position on the death penalty. It is an educational
site intended to provide information about all aspects of capital
punishment, including resources on both sides of the debate, so that
members of the public can make their own decisions about this important
As a matter of policy, the author of this site does not answer questions
designed to elicit her personal opinions on the death penalty.
Numerous sites which do advocate one side or another of the
death penalty debate are linked from this site. However, as stated
in our Disclaimer, "The Justice Center is not responsible
for the content of any outside site linked here, nor does a listing
here imply an endorsement of a site's opinions or content or a guarantee
of its accuracy."
[in favor of] / [opposed to] the death penalty. How do I join your organization?"
The Justice Center is an academic department and research
unit at the University of Alaska Anchorage. It is not an advocacy organization
on either side of the death penalty debate, and does not offer memberships.
do there seem to be fewer pro-death penalty than anti-death penalty sites
listed on your website?"
Fewer pro-death penalty than anti-death penalty organizations are
represented on the Internet. This may be due to the fact that most
U.S. states have a death penalty. States authorizing capital punishment
frequently make information on executions in their states available
on the Internet (see the Death Row page).
Because such websites reflect state sanction of capital punishment,
they might be considered to be "pro-death penalty sites."
[relative] / [friend] has been sentenced to death, but is innocent;
please help us with his/her case."
The Justice Center is unable to assist with fundraising, publicity,
or legal defense in death penalty cases, regardless of the merits
of the case.
have a website related to the death penalty, but it's not linked from
Send an email message to email@example.com with your suggested
link. This is not a guarantee that your website will be listed on
our site—the Focus on the Death Penalty site is designed to
be an educational site, not a comprehensive listing of all possible
death penalty links.
link to [name of site] is out-of-date."
Please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
correct URL and the name of the page where the out-of-date link
website is out-of-date."
All work on the Focus on the Death Penalty
website is in addition to its author's other duties at the
Justice Center. Updating is in progress right now, but will
take some time. Progress will be noted on the site's home
you please assist me in researching....?"
We receive occasional requests for aid in researching
particular facts about the death penalty. For example, we've received
messages asking for help in locating the transcript for a particular
capital trial; for finding information about where and when a particular
inmate might have been executed; for finding out if there are any inmates
on U.S. death rows from London, England; for locating resources on European
opinions about continued use of capital punishment in the U.S.
The Focus on the Death Penalty website was designed to
help members of the public to research their questions about capital
punishment on their own. Of course, not every possible question can
be answered purely via the Internet.
Although the Justice Center is a research, as well as
an academic, unit, Justice Center faculty and staff do not in fact conduct
research projects about the death penalty—in part because Alaska
is not a death penalty state. Nor does the Justice Center archive information
on capital punishment or its administration. Because of research and
other work obligations, we are unable to assist with most research questions.
In some cases, however, we may be able to point you towards sites or
other resources which may have the type of information you're looking
Justice Center personnel will not conduct research on
behalf of students writing research papers or doing other school assignments,
regardless of grade level.
a student and I have to write a paper about the death penalty. Could you
send me an email with links on the death penalty?"
The Focus on the Death Penalty
web site in itself provides links to resources on all aspects of the
death penalty. If you have are in search of resources in areas that
are not represented on this website, please write with specific questions.
a student writing a position paper about the death penalty. I'm [in favor
of] / [opposed to] the death penalty. Would you please provide me with
No. We can't supply your arguments for you. The pages
The Debate and Specific
Issues each provide a number of resources on both pro and anti sides
of the death penalty debate, and may be helpful in constructing your
own arguments. Be wary of copying the exact wording of any source you
use: most teachers and instructors will give you a bad grade or even
fail you for plagiarism. If you use an exact quote, make sure that you
credit the source and cite it correctly. (See Citing
This Website for how to cite.)
writing a paper and need to know this information: [list of information
points needed]. Please provide this information as soon as possible."
The Justice Center cannot conduct research on behalf of
students who are completing school assignments. Please check our web
site; the answers to some of your questions may be found there. If you
require further assistance on completing your school assignment, talk
with your teacher or instructor.
writing a paper for my class and I need to interview someone who [in favor
of] / [opposed to] the death penalty. Please answer the following questions."
The Focus on the Death Penalty website is designed to
help students and other members of the public make their own decisions
about the questions you're asking. As a matter of policy—mine
personally, as well as that of the academic and research department
I work for—I do not conduct research for student research assignments
or participate in interviews designed to elicit my personal opinions
on questions related to the death penalty. I would be, however, glad
to point out resources where you might discover your own answers to
some of your questions.
I am willing to participate in interviews from journalists
asking questions of a factual nature. In practical terms, this has happened
only once (a reporter from the Anchorage Daily News asking
questions about death penalty costs).
sources for interviews for student assignments
Have you considered contacting your local police department and seeing
if you might interview a police officer? Or interviewing a religious
leader, such as a priest, minister, or rabbi? Or the nearest office
of the American Civil Liberties Union, or some other legal organization
or individual lawyer (you might get references through your local bar
association) who has opinions on these matters? The state representative
or state senator for your district might also be glad to discuss these
questions with you.
writing a paper on the death penalty and am using your website as a resource.
Who is the author of your website? How should I cite it?"
Here are some suggested citation styles for use in your
the entire site
Green, Melissa S., compiler. (1998-2009).
Focus on the Death Penalty (website). Justice Center, University
of Alaska Anchorage. <http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/death/>
you accessed page).
a specific page from the site
Green, Melissa S. (date
page was last updated). "Name of specific
page." In Melissa S. Green, compiler (1998-2009), Focus on the Death Penalty (website). Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. <http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/just/death/pagename.html>
you accessed page).
The date the page was last updated is found at the very bottom of every
page of this website. In addition, each page of this website provides
a citation following this style at the bottom of the page.
Please note that in the Alaska section of this website there are some
articles by a different author, and/or with more specific dates of publication.
In those cases, you should cite that author and/or date.
These are only suggested citations styles. Your teacher or instructor
may wish you to follow a different citation style.
websites linked from this site
Please note that I am the author only of pages on this website, but
not of the vast majority of resources that are linked from this site.
If you use information from a linked website, you'll need to document
its author/publisher information. Further information on how
to cite from sources on the World Wide Web and other electronic sources
are available from The
Columbia Guide to Online Style and from the various free Noodlebib tools from Noodletools
which can help you create bibliographic citations in MLA (Modern Language
Association), APA, and Chicago/Turabian styles.