The Decline of the Death Penalty

The death penalty in the United States, both new convictions and executions, has declined through recent decades. In this episode of Reasonably Speaking, we explore the history of the death penalty and the various factors that are contributing to this decline.

Death penalty expert and author of End of Its Rope: How Killing the Death Penalty Can Revive Criminal Justice, Brandon L. Garrett (Duke Law), talks about this history and the revealing details of his data collection on capital punishment. We are also joined by ALI’s past President Roberta Cooper Ramo (Modrall Sperling) and Christine Durham (Utah Supreme Court-Retired), who discuss ALI’s removal of the Death Penalty from the Model Penal Code, perhaps one of the earliest indications of the future of capital punishment.

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Published: 2019


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