Death Penalty

Shreveport TImes

Glenn Ford, the Shreveport man exonerated last year after spending 30 years on death row, died yesterday.

Ford was 33 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of killing a Shreveport jeweler and sent to solitary confinement on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Nearly three decades later, the longest-serving death row inmate in the country was released.

Ford petitioned the state for compensation for his wrongful conviction. He received only $20 for a bus ride.

Airs Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m.A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty, with 6 in 10 in favor as punishment for murder. At the heart of the debate are many complicated questions. Within a flawed criminal justice system, is it possible to know every person’s guilt with a sufficient degree of certainty? Does the fear of death reduce crime? Are some crimes so heinous in nature that punishment by death is the only appropriate measure, or is capital punishment always immoral?

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain takes a reflective tone this week as he ponders his own discomfort with the Death Penalty and how to agree to disagree with those who take a different point of view. 

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain ponder a philosophical question about the death penalty.