Longform.org's guide to death penalty: six disturbing stories about the death penalty.

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Sept. 3 2011 7:23 AM

The Longform.org Guide to the Death Penalty

The jury box, the prison cell, and the chair—six gripping and disturbing stories about capital punishment.


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On the Death Sentence John Paul Stevens • The New York Review of Books • December 2010 John Paul Stevens, the former Supreme Court Justice, reviews David Garland's Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition and explains why he did a 180 on the death penalty:

"If Garland's comprehensive analysis is accurate—that the primary public benefits of the death penalty are 'political exchange and cultural consumption'—and as long as the remedy of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole is available, those partisan and cultural considerations provide woefully inadequate justifications for putting anyone to death."

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Elon Green is a contributor to Longform.org.