Death Penalty

Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Major media organizations have levied a federal lawsuit to force Arizona to break its secrecy around lethal injections by revealing the drugs and processes used to kill people, because the public has the "right" to know. "By withholding information about the source, composition, and quality of the drugs it uses for lethal injection executions, as...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison. (Photo: CA Dept of Corrections/Public Domain)
The family of Clayton Lockett, an Oklahoma death row inmate who in April was...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
After spending over 30 years behind bars, Henry McCollum and Leon Brown— two...


In the wake of Oklahoma's mangled killing of Clayton Lockett, John Oliver took on the death penalty on his show Last Week Tonight . Among the hard questions he asks: Should this be allowed in a civilized society, and why is a comedy show talking about this? "It costs up to 10 times more to give someone the death penalty than life in prison. So what we know now is the death penalty is expensive, potentially kills innocent people, and doesn't deter crime. And here is where it gets hard..."