Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?
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Earlier this year, the governor of Illinois, George Ryan, declared a moratorium on executions, citing concerns about his state’s “shameful record of convicting innocent people and putting them on death row.” That move has rekindled the long standing debate over capital punishment. Does the Illinois experience show that the danger of mistaken executions is higher than we ever imagined–or is that danger grossly exaggerated? Should death penalty procedures be reformed–or should capital punishment be abolished completely? Please join us for a sober discussion of these issues.