Death Penalty

Jon Queally, staff writer
"This is a hugely important moment in our pursuit for equal and fair application of justice."
Julia Conley, staff writer
If only "states with the death penalty spent half as much time developing...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska
"Will Catholic [Gov. Pete Ricketts], who spends a lot of time talking about his...


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..."