The dark world of America’s death penalty: ‘Ask Me Anything’ with legal experts

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aAt the end of the Trump administration, amid the noise of the 2020 election season, it was easy to remember that a historic turnaround was underway in America’s execution chambers. Or maybe it was a return to form.

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Ever since hanging fever peaked in the US in the late 1990s, US states have been gradually banning or stopping the practice, piecemeal, joining most other developed countries that have The death penalty has been outlawed for a long time. But after a 17-year hiatus, Donald Trump resumed federal executions, and 13 people killed during the second half of 2020. This is the most federal prisoners executed in the past 120 years under a single president, possibly in a cold-blooded attempt to score political points. Despite years of Black Lives Matter activism, even multi-national corporations claiming to support racial justice, here was the world’s most powerful man returning to policy as shown by multiple studies. disproportionately kill people of color.

Why the death penalty isn’t working for America

This is one of the many paradoxes of the death penalty. It is a tool known to be the ultimate symbol of harsh justice, yet largely One in nine people sentenced to death are later acquitted of innocence. Prosecutors claim it locks families in, even though appeals last for decades and cost millions. It has been described as a crime prevention tool, but there is no proof it’s true one of two.


So where are things with the death penalty now? What is Joe Biden’s plan for the death penalty? Which states could end it further, and which ones are digging in? How is execution entangled in systemic racism?

I’ll be here with our campaign partners at the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice and Lauren Myerskoff-Mueller, Staff Attorney, on October 8 at 5 p.m. BST to answer your questions. If you have a question, submit it now, or live at 5pm when I join you.

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independent and non-profit Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) has launched a joint operation in which a the end of the death penalty in America. The RBIJ has attracted over 150 well-known signatories with its Business Leaders Declaration against the Death Penalty – The Granthshala as the latest on the list. We join high-profile executives like Ariana Huffington, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson as part of this initiative and pledge to highlight the injustice of the death penalty in their coverage.


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