Death Penalty

Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska
"Will Catholic [Gov. Pete Ricketts], who spends a lot of time talking about his 'pro-life values,' heed the words of Pope Francis by cancelling the experimental execution scheduled for August 14 in Nebraska?" asks Sister Helen Prejean
Julia Conley, staff writer
"I eagerly await the new, forceful, and reversed positions on the death penalty...
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Scott Raymond Dozier
"A government that would risk torturing someone to death is not dispensing...


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..."