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Sam Jordan

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Director, Program to Abolish the Death Penalty, Amnesty International USA

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SALES OF A DEATH PLAN: Capital Punishment

with Sam Jordan, Kent Scheideggervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Is America on the wrong side of the death penalty debate? The worldwide wide trend is against the death penalty: more than half the countries in the world have abolished it, including more than 30 nations since 1990. So why do we have a death penalty in America? Is it to deter people from committing murder? If so, does it work? Or is the death penalty fundamentally a matter of justice, of punishing appropriately those guilty of the worst crimes?