Students push to change Tennessee capital punishment laws

Following the successful event at the University of Tennessee, To Honor Life, Hannah Marley covered it in the UT Daily Beacon. She said, On Monday night in the University Center, the libertarian organization Young Americans for Liberty at UT hosted “To Honor Life: An Evening on the Death Penalty,” an event focused on exposing the deep-seated problems that lie at the heart of capital punishment in the United States. The event featured a talk by Ray Krone, the 100th death row inmate exonerated in the U.S., on his 10-year struggle in the courts to prove his innocence, as well as a discussion panel with Stacy Rector from Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death penalty and Marc Hyden with Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty. She went on to say, Hyden said that capital punishment is contradictory to many tightly-held conservative views, including the importance of pro-life legislation and limited government. “It’s not pro-life when it risks killing innocent lives, it’s not fiscally responsible because it costs millions more dollars to try to execute someone than to keep them in jail for the rest of their lives,” Hyden said. “And I don’t think that giving the government the power to kill you is a form of limited government.”

Source:: Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty