UNL lecture series to focus on death penalty

By: Newsroom

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The death penalty will be the topic of this month's E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nebraska Solicitor General J. Kirk Brown and University of Colorado Boulder sociologist Michael Radelet will debate in the event, titled “The Death Penalty: Justice, Retribution and Dollars'' at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Brown and Radelet will explore such questions as whether the death penalty is humane, fairly applied, reduces violent crime or is cost-effective. They'll also examine the effects on the condemned person, the legal and judicial systems, victims' loved ones and the taxpaying society at large.

This season's Thompson Forum lectures have been organized around the theme of religion, rights and politics. The series continues through Feb. 26.