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Death Penalty Under Review

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Death Penalty Under Review

Death Penalty Under Review

Death Penalty Under Review

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In the final installment of our criminal justice series, we take a closer look at the death penalty.

The United States is fifth in the world when it comes to executing inmates — slightly above Iraq and right below Pakistan.

Since the death penalty was reinstated in the mid 1970s, all death row inmates have been put to death for killing another person.

But now, a surprising array of crimes can land you on death row.

For a broader look at capital punishment, Farai Chideya speaks with Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

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