Life or Death: Ending the Death Penalty

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A growing movement is demanding the United States do away with the death penalty. In 2012 voters had the chance to vote to replace California’s death penalty with life without the possibility of parole. But while some saw the ballot measure as a way to end the death penalty, others saw Life Without Parole as another kind of death sentence.

On this edition reporter Nancy Mullane speaks to some of those on California’s death row and we hear from two opponents of the death penalty about where the movement to end executions goes next.


Sam Robinson, Public Information Officer Lieutenant; Walter Cook, San Quentin State Prison Inmate; Demitrius Howard, San Quentin State Prison Inmate; Justin Helzer, San Quentin State Prison Inmate; Christine Thomas, Campaign to End the Death Penalty; David Dow, University of Houston Law Center professor.