“The death penalty’s days are numbered,” says Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, in today’s episode of Disrupt with Karen Finney on MSNBC. Rust-Tierney shared her thoughts on execution drug secrecy, the recent botched execution of Clayton Lockett, and what’s next for the death penalty in America.
This week, President Obama spoke out about issues raised by Clayton Lockett’s execution, pointing to significant problems with the death penalty in the U.S., including innocence and racial bias.
“The President of the U.S. is now saying that the death penalty needs to be reexamined—we’ve seen an incredible shift,” says Rust-Tierney, who also highlighted a recent study that suggests that 4% of defendants who are sentenced to die are innocent. President Obama isn’t the only person questioning the death penalty in America. Host Karen Finney referenced new research from Pew shows that public support for the death penalty is at an all time low.
“Nobody is saying that people who do horrible things shouldn’t be punished. What we are saying is that there are limits,” says Rust-Tierney. Watch the full interview above to learn more about Oklahoma, and what’s happening next for the death penalty in other states.
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