Former President Calls for Abolition of the Death Penalty

A recent poll showed that 61 percent of Americans would choose a punishment other than the death penalty for murder and just 1 percent of police chiefs think that expanding the death penalty would reduce violent crime, former President Jimmy Carter writes in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He points out that 90 percent of all executions are carried out in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States, and that while Southern states carry out more than 80 percent of the U.S.'s executions they have a higher murder rate than any other region. "Our nation’s focus is now on punishment, not rehabilitation," he writes in the opinion piece, which calls to abolish the death penalty. Read his column