Rethinking The Death Penalty In Maryland And Beyond

Rethinking The Death Penalty In Maryland And Beyond

Maryland could be the next state to abolish the death penalty -- part of a nationwide move away from capital punishment. Kojo examines the local debate over the future of the death penalty.

Gov. Martin O'Malley's push to repeal Maryland's death penalty is part of a nationwide move away from capital punishment. But death penalty supporters say we still need a way to deter and punish the worst of the worst, like mass murderers whose guilt is unquestioned or prisoners who would harm their guards. Kojo examines the debate over the future of the death penalty.

Guests

Benjamin Jealous

President and CEO, NAACP

Charles Lane

Editorial Writer, The Washington Post; Author, "Stay of Execution: Saving The Death Penalty From Itself" (Hoover Inst Press Post Copub, 2010)

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