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Jonathan Sorensen Papers


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This collection consists of Professor Jonathan Sorensen's audio and paper materials documenting the 1973 re-establishment of the death penalty in Texas.


Sorensen, Jonathan R. (Jonathan Roger), 1965-
Date Coverage:
0.38 cubic ft. (about 0.38 boxes)

Jonathan Sorensen, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, College of Human Ecology, at East Carolina University and previously served as a professor in the Department of Justice Studies at Prairie View A&M University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on capital punishment, criminal justice education, and corrections, several focusing on the death penalty in Texas. This includes Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment in Texas during the Modern Era (2006), The Rope, The Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990 (1998), co-authored with James W. Marquart, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, and "Life and death in the lone star state: Three decades of violence predictions by capital juries," which appeared in Behavioral Science & the Law (January/February 2011).

This collection contains materials related to Jonathan Sorensen's interest in Texas capital punishment history. It features audio cassette tapes of hearings from the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence for HB 200, 63rd Legislature, which re-enacted the death penalty in Texas in 1973. The collection also consists of paper legislative materials related to the 1973 bill, clippings, notes and background research.

The collection is organized chronologically. There are no series.

Jonathan Sorenesen donated his papers to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives in 2007.

Processed by: Jodi Boyle

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Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2015

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Jonathan Sorensen Papers, 1973-2004. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Sorensen Papers).

Contents of Collection



1 1House Committee on Criminal JurisprudenceFebruary 6, 1973


Cassette 1House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, HB 200, 63rd Legislature, Tape 1February 6, 1973


Cassette 2House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, HB 200, 63rd Legislature, Tape 2February 6, 1973


Cassette 3House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, HB 200, 63rd Legislature, Tape 3February 6, 1973


1 2Texas House of Representatives, Floor ProceedingsMay 8, 1973


1 3House JournalMay 8, 1973, May 10, 1973, May 28, 1973


1 4Testimony on House Bill 200May 23, 1973


1 5Conference Committee ReportMay 28, 1973


1 6House Bill 200 and AmendmentsMay 1973


1 7News Clippings about Death Penalty LegislationMay 1973


1 8Excerpt from Eyewitness about Last Execution (1964) Using Electric Chair in Texas1973


1 9"Comments, House Bill 200: The Legislative Attempt to Reinstate Capital Punishment in Texas," Houston Law Review1974


1 10Committee on Criminal JurisprudenceMarch 1, 1977


Cassette 4House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, 65th Legislature, Tape 1March 1, 1977


Cassette 5House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, 65th Legislature, Tape 2March 1, 1977


Cassette 6House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, 65th Legislature, Tape 3March 1, 1977


Cassette 7HB 945-65th, House Floor Tape Excerpts: 2nd and 3rd ReadingsApril 20-21, 1977


1 11"Statute Note: Criminal Procedure - Capital Punishment - Texas Statutes Amended to provide for Execution by Intravenous Injection of a Lethal Substance," St. Mary's Law Journal1977


1 12News Clippings about Death Penalty1977


1 13"Corrections Law Developments: Execution by Lethal Injection," by Scott Christianson1979


1 14News Clippings about Charlie Brooks, Jr. Execution, First Lethal Injection1982


1 15Gov. Perry's Veto of House Bill No. 236June 17, 2001


1 16Reference and Research2004, Undated