Death Penalty

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 10:06 a.m.
Death Penalty

Maryland becomes the sixth state to repeal the death penalty in the last six years. Diane and guests explore the growing debate over capital punishment.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to sign a bill today that would abolish the death penalty. This makes Maryland the sixth state in the last six years to repeal capital punishment. New Mexico, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have abolished capital punishment and other states, including Nebraska and Delaware have considered similar reforms. There is growing unease among lawmakers across the country that the risk of putting an innocent person to death remains too great. But many argue that the death penalty remains a worthwhile deterrent to violent crime.

Guests

Richard Dieter

executive director of Death Penalty Information Center.

Joshua Marquis

district attorney for Astoria, Ore., and board member of the National District Attorneys Association.

Kevin Werner

executive director of Ohioans to Stop Executions.

Scott Shane

reporter for The New York Times.

Randy Steidl

exonerated death-row inmate and board chair of Witness to Innocence, an advocacy organization.

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