Death Penalty

Julia Conley, staff writer
"I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Fred Leuchter, center
Edmund Zagorski opted for electrocution as the "lesser of two evils" amid...
Jon Queally, staff writer
"This is a hugely important moment in our pursuit for equal and fair...


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..."