Delaware Public Media

Intelligence Squared US

Fr 5/15/15 @ 7p & Su 5/17/15 @ 2p
  • Hosted by John Donovan

As Delaware debates the possibility of repealing the death penalty we turn to NPR and look at the topic at a national level.

A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty, with 6 in 10 in favor as punishment for murder. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny in light of several botched executions in 2014. At the heart of the debate are many complicated questions. Within a flawed criminal justice system, is it possible to know every person’s guilt with a sufficient degree of certainty? Does the fear of death reduce crime? Are there race and class biases in sentencing? Are some crimes so heinous in nature that punishment by death is the only appropriate measure, or is capital punishment always immoral? Should we abolish the death penalty?

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