Death Penalty

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Protesters gather outside the Arkansas Capitol building on April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Photo: AP/Kelly P. Kissel)
The government of Arkansas concluded its controversial and unprecedented killing spree Thursday night with what many are calling the botched execution of Kenneth Williams, which has prompted demands for an investigation into whether he was unlawfully "tortured" by the state before his death. According to a timeline released by the the Arkansas...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
The government of Arkansas executed two men Monday evening despite concerns...
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote late...


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..."