Against the Grain

Breaking Down the Death Penalty

Claims abound about the nature and impact of the death penalty. But does the death penalty in fact deter serious crime? Do executions bring closure to victims’ families? Do capital defendants get adequate legal representation? What role does racial bias play? Is it cheaper to put people on death row or to incarcerate them for life? Matt Cherry of Death Penalty Focus addresses these and other issues in this full program-length version of the interview.

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