About the Video
Freedom-minded individuals have strong reason to be skeptical of the government’s power to execute people.
In 2015, the Utah Legislature reauthorized the use of the firing squad for capital punishment. Unfortunately, the debate never addressed the acceptability of the death penalty itself.
This missed opportunity can be corrected. The legislature should consider abandoning the use of capital punishment in favor of life without parole.
“Driving to the [prison] itself and seeing all these gates open up, yeah then it starts setting in, this is for real. I am never, ever gonna get out of here.”
“So many of these folks who have come off death row, who have been exonerated from crimes that they didn’t commit, are just people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And I think it’s really important for people to understand that that’s the kind of people who go to prison wrongfully and that it can be anybody.”
“We as a society, whether it’s morally or religiously or a matter of personal conviction, whatever it might be, I think we can do things better than saying we’re going to kill someone.”
“There have been 1400 people executed in the United States since the death penalty was restored in the 1970’s. There have been 156 that have been exonerated. That means for every 9 executions, there is an innocent person who has been sent to death row that we know about.”
“When we know that there are problems in the criminal justice system, it is very difficult to have a punishment out there that is the ultimate punishment that cannot be undone.”