Caribbean Death Penalty Research is a resource providing accessible, detailed information about human rights and the death penalty in the English-speaking Caribbean. It has a particular focus on Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. Until recently Barbados imposed a mandatory death sentence for murder convictions, in June 2018 this was held unconstitutional by the Caribbean Court of Justice. Trinidad and Tobago is now the only country in the Caribbean which still retains a mandatory death sentence for murder.

There are sections on Human Rights, the Media, Public Opinion, and Alternatives to Capital Punishment.

This resource is aimed at criminal justice practitioners, academics, students and human rights campaigners, as well as anyone who wishes to know more about the death penalty in the Caribbean and the global movement towards abolition.

We welcome feedback and comment on the issues dealt with on the site: what are we missing, what would you like to know more about, contribute your perspectives using the ‘Leave a Reply’ function available on the front page of all the main sections.

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Who We Are

Lizzie Seal is Reader in Criminology at the University of Sussex, UK. She researches and teaches on the death penalty and is the author of Capital Punishment in Twentieth-Century Britain: Audience, Justice, Memory (Routledge, 2014).

Florence Seemungal is based at the University of the West Indies Open Campus. She was previously affiliated with the Death Penalty Project, from 2003-2011, and worked with Roger Hood to examine the implementation of the mandatory death penalty in Trinidad and Tobago (which resulted in three reports, 2006, 2009, 2011). She was also formerly a Research Officer at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, 2000-2002.

Lynsey Black is an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Law, University College Dublin. She recently completed her PhD at Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral research explored women and the death penalty in twentieth-century Ireland. She has previously researched and published in the area of the media and crime.

Research Activities

We are conducting research into public opinion on the death penalty in the Caribbean, the impact of capital punishment on the families of death row inmates and the effects that the death penalty has on professionals involved in the process, such as executioners, prison officials and death row lawyers.

We have also contributed two chapter to a publication that is forthcoming from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, entitled ‘Death Penalty and the Victims‘ (download here). The chapters are on ‘Secondary Trauma and the Death Penalty – Its Impact on the Professionals Involved in the Execution Process’ and ‘The Impact of the Imposition of the Death Penalty on Families of the Convicted in the Caribbean’.

Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch about the research project, or if you would like to contribute to the Caribbean Death Penalty Research blog, please use the form below.