Considering The Death Penalty: Right or Wrong?

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Amherst College

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has written, co-written, or edited more than ninety books in the fields of law and political science. Professor Sarat has received the Stan Wheeler Award for his excellence as a teacher and mentor, awarded by the Law and Society Association.



Is The Death Penalty Right or Wrong?

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 extremely 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.


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