So far this year, the United States has executed 12 people and over 2500 remain on death row. We are one of only 56 nations in the world out of 195 that still practice capital punishment.
Should the United States as a country stop using the death penalty? Is it ever justified, such as for the most heinous crimes? Or as a deterrent to extremly dangerous criminals? Or is the death penalty always cruel and unusual punishment as outlawed by the Constitution? ? Alternatively, should it be suspended for practical reasons, because it is costly and often unfairly administered? Amherst Professor and Dean Austin Sarat is an internationally acknowledged world expert on the subject, and he is anxious to pose the questions above and discuss his thoughts.