Economics of criminal justice topic of discussion Patricia Kuzyk presentation March 21 for Common Reading Program

Pullman, Wash. — The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts Patricia Kuzyk on “An Economist’s Perspective on ‘Just Mercy’” Mon. March 21 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203.
Kuzyk will discuss economic incentives and arguments present within several practices in the U.S. criminal justice system. She plans to examine the negatives of capital punishment and some of the deep flaws in our criminal justice system from an economic perspective. Kuzyk is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Economic Sciences and the WSU Honors College.
The common reading program is part of WSU Undergraduate Education and hosts expert guest lectures, film showings, and other events that explore the topics raised in this year’s chosen book, “Just Mercy.” Since 2006, the program has stimulated academic discussions in first-year courses, classrooms, and beyond, touching the academic lives of thousands of WSU first-year and other students.


Karen Weathermon, WSU Common Reading Program Co-Director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488,

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Junior Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458,