New statistics suggest that American support of capital punishment is at a 15-year low. According to the poll, 42 percent of Americans support the death penalty, while 52 percent favored life in prison without parole.
Our criminal justice system needs fixing. At best, it does a mediocre job of protecting communities most in need of protection, while at the same time, branding virtually an entire cohort of young men as outcasts and pariahs. Too often, victims' needs go unmet and the families of offenders are forgotten.