Whither the Death Penalty?

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Is capital punishment a deterrent to keep murderers off the street or a no-fix remedy that punishes the innocent? With even some conservative Republicans calling for an end to the death penalty, American support for capital punishment is on the decline. Is there new information or a shift in media coverage and political calculation? We'll consider the death penalty and ask if it's outlived its usefulness with proponents and opponents, including some who have crossed over the great divide.
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Warren Olney