Abolish the Death Penalty? A Millennial Perspective

In September, the nation celebrated the arrival of Pope Francis, who made his first trip to the United States as Pontiff. Millennials in Washington D.C. listened to his thoughts on many global issues - including the death penalty. The Pope called for an abolition of the death penalty on the basis that "a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation."

The death penalty is legal in 31 states in the U.S, as opposed to Europe where it is only legal in Belarus. While public support of the death penalty has dropped from 80% to 57% in recent years, more than half of the country supports it.

The cases of Kelly Gissendaner in Georgia and Richard Glossip in Oklahoma have sparked debate among many and with a further five executions scheduled for the month of October alone, millennials aren't quite sure whether the death penalty should stay or go.

We spoke to Richard Dunham, Executive Director of The Death Penalty Information Center, Julian Wilson, Vice President of American University College Democrats and Ryan Girdusky, Staff Contributor at Red Alert Politics, to find out what millennials think of the death penalty.

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