"The death penalty that we have today doesn't work, it's not sustainable, and it can't continue," said Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of NCADP, in tonight's episode of Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC. Rust-Tierney debated a death penalty supporter, pointing out crucial flaws with the US death penalty, especially in the wake of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett on Tuesday night.
"The question that really is raised today is can we and should we have this death penalty," said Rust-Tierney. "What happened in Oklahoma is a graphic example of why we should not have a death penalty: We can't get it right. We can't find a death penalty that works that is consistent with our values of fairness and justice under the law."
Rust-Tierney pointed out that 144 people have been exonerated from death row. In fact, a recent death row study shows that 4% of defendants who are sentenced to die are innocent. Public opinion on the death penalty is shifting; Pew Research, highlighted at the beginning of the segment, shows that support for the death penalty has dropped from 78% in 1996 to 55% in 2013.
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