Toiling in the Fields of Redemption


“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
Those words, written by noted death penalty lawyer Bryan Stevenson ’85, were very much on the mind of Katie Wozencroft ’09 this summer, when she made the four-hour drive from Atlanta to an Alabama prison where condemned prisoners are executed.

Steiker weighs in on recent Supreme Court execution stay

Professor Carol Steiker

Professor Carol Steiker ’86 is an expert in criminal law and capital punishment. She recently argued a death penalty case before the Supreme Court, winning her argument and overturning a Texas death sentence. Here, she responds to a question about a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Wanderlust for the Rule of Law


In rural Liberia, locals have a method for determining if someone is guilty of witchcraft. They administer poison to the suspect. If he survives, he’s innocent. That’s the sort of anachronism that vexes Deborah Isser ’96, a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace.