Death Penalty: Justice, or Just Too Far?

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The death penalty has been a topic of fierce debate for decades. From basic pros and cons lists to statistics supported cost analysis, the different arguments for or against capital punishment are well documented. But what happens when an innocent person is convicted and sentenced to die for a crime they did not commit?

Even if you think that some people deserve to die, governments make mistakes. That means having to accept the unacceptable; innocent people will die and that can’t be undone.

Professor Jason Brennan presents an unabashed look at the facts and faces and asks, “How many more innocent people have to die before we abolish the death penalty once and for all?”

► Learn More:
“There’s No Evidence That Executions Deter Criminals” (article) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/w… Despite extensive research on the question, criminologists have been unable to assemble a strong case that capital punishment deters crime.

“Executed but Possibly Innocent” (Article): http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/execu… List of wrongly executed and posthumously pardoned inmates.

“Trial by Fire” (Article): http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/200… Wrongful imprisonment and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham.

“Race and Death Sentencing in North Carolina” (Article): http://www.nclawreview.org/2011/06/ra… For homicides in North Carolina from 1980 to 2007, the odds of a death sentence for those who are suspected of killing Whites are approximately three times higher than the odds of a death sentence for those suspected of killing Blacks.

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