Katherine Beckett

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Katherine Beckett is an American sociologist known for researching the United States criminal justice system.[1] She is a professor in the University of Washington's Law, Societies & Justice Program, as well as in the Department of Sociology there. She previously taught at Indiana University.[2]


Beckett has researched racial disparities in the United States criminal justice system, such as the disproportionately high rates of drug arrests among racial minorities.[3][4] She has also researched bans imposed on individuals by public parks, finding that most people disobey them.[5] In October 2018, the Washington Supreme Court relied on a regression analysis a death row prisoner had commissioned from Beckett when it abolished the state's death penalty because of its unconstitutionally racist imposition.[6][7][8]

Other work[edit]

Beckett helped develop the Rethinking Punishment Radio Project, along with another podcast known as Cited.[9]


  1. ^ "Katherine Beckett". Scholars Strategy Network.
  2. ^ Abramsky, Sasha (June 1999). "When They Get Out". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  3. ^ Holden, Dominic (2014-04-16). "Reform in Reverse". The Stranger. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  4. ^ Roberts, Chris (2016-02-22). "Report: Black Tenderloin Drug Dealers Definitely Arrested More Often Than Whites, Latinos". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  5. ^ Brown, Jennifer (2015-02-21). "Banned from 16th Street: Dozens ordered by court to stay away". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  6. ^ Sudermann, Hannelore. "How UW research convinced our state's highest court to toss out the death penalty". University of Washington Magazine. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  7. ^ Beckett, Katherine; Evans, Heather (13 October 2014). "The Role of Race in Washington State Capital Sentencing, 1981-2012".
  8. ^ State v. Gregory, 427 P.3d 621 (Wash. 2018).
  9. ^ "A New Podcast Tells a Different Kind of Prison Story". Seattle Weekly. 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2017-07-27.

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