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.
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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).
|1||1||House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence||February 6, 1973|
|Cassette 1||House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, HB 200, 63rd Legislature, Tape 1||February 6, 1973|
|Cassette 2||House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, HB 200, 63rd Legislature, Tape 2||February 6, 1973|
|Cassette 3||House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, HB 200, 63rd Legislature, Tape 3||February 6, 1973|
|1||2||Texas House of Representatives, Floor Proceedings||May 8, 1973|
|1||3||House Journal||May 8, 1973, May 10, 1973, May 28, 1973|
|1||4||Testimony on House Bill 200||May 23, 1973|
|1||5||Conference Committee Report||May 28, 1973|
|1||6||House Bill 200 and Amendments||May 1973|
|1||7||News Clippings about Death Penalty Legislation||May 1973|
|1||8||Excerpt from Eyewitness about Last Execution (1964) Using Electric Chair in Texas||1973|
|1||9||"Comments, House Bill 200: The Legislative Attempt to Reinstate Capital Punishment in Texas," Houston Law Review||1974|
|1||10||Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence||March 1, 1977|
|Cassette 4||House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, 65th Legislature, Tape 1||March 1, 1977|
|Cassette 5||House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, 65th Legislature, Tape 2||March 1, 1977|
|Cassette 6||House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, 65th Legislature, Tape 3||March 1, 1977|
|Cassette 7||HB 945-65th, House Floor Tape Excerpts: 2nd and 3rd Readings||April 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 Journal||1977|
|1||12||News Clippings about Death Penalty||1977|
|1||13||"Corrections Law Developments: Execution by Lethal Injection," by Scott Christianson||1979|
|1||14||News Clippings about Charlie Brooks, Jr. Execution, First Lethal Injection||1982|
|1||15||Gov. Perry's Veto of House Bill No. 236||June 17, 2001|
|1||16||Reference and Research||2004, Undated|