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Attitudes Toward the Death Penalty

Attitudes Toward the Death Penalty

Andrew Samtoy
on Nov 18, 2015

Most Americans still favor the death penalty, but support has hit a new low according to a Pew Research Center report earlier this year. Why are attitudes changing? How likely is it that we will see reform in Ohio?

http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-ideas/attitudes-toward-the-death-penalty-special-court-for-veterans


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What do you think: should we keep or abolish the death penalty in Ohio?

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on 2017-07-25T14:42:32+00:00
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Cliff Skalba
on Nov 18, 2015
"'An eye for an eye'...has left everyone blinded...Paris is the most recent event.."

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Andrew Samtoy - 2017-07-25T14:42:32+00:00 - "Most Americans still favor the death penalty, but support has hit a new low according to a Pew..."

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Cliff Skalba
on Nov 18, 2015 - 11:09 am

'An eye for an eye'...has left everyone blinded...Paris is the most recent event..

 
Joane Johnson
on Nov 18, 2015 - 9:31 am
To the caller.  Please.  That is what's so frightening.  Even when proven innocent through DNA, for instance, people like him question the person's innocence.  For certain criminals, like a Ted Bundy, Child traffickers, etc., the death penalty should apply.  Yet, the misuse and abuse of this led Illinois to stop the death penalty due to minorities sentenced to death for crimes they had not committed.  they received this with the complicit help of prosecutors which, again, Johnny Q Public refused to indict.  Now, no death penalty at all. 
Dwight From the west side
on Nov 18, 2015 - 9:31 am

I think the Death penalty should never be abolished.  First, I believe life, human life, is the  most sacred consideration in our city. That said. Our system is one, like our economy, of negotiation and evaluation.  Every interested party in a negotiation ends in the middle ground. But where the "middle ground" is depends upon where you start. After a serial killer is apprehended, there are families out there that want closure, what to know what happened to their loved ones.  Currently a prosecutor can start out with the death penalty and end up with "life without the possibility of parole" in order to get him to disclose the location of the bodies not found.  If you take that away,  the only way a prosecutor can get that information is to off a chance to let a Jeffery Dahamer back out on the street one day. 

  In this "fight" for our nation of equality and justice, there are unintended causalities.  in every case where a death penalty was applied to wrong conviction, the prosecutor was biased and hid evidence.  I think the punishment if that prosecutor gets caught doing that should be one of "homicide" or "attempted homicide".  Don't through out the baby with the bath water.

 
Cliff Skalba
on Nov 17, 2015 - 4:51 pm
The PRO LIFE movement was founded as an anti death penalty cause.. When the government executes a human being,they do it in YOUR/OUR/MY name(s).. Just please.. Stop with the PRO LIFE nonsense... Hypocrisy,is such a turn off..