Pew Research Center Sep. 26, 2007

Lethal Injection Goes on Trial, But Goes On

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on a case brought by two Kentucky prisoners, who argue that the state’s lethal injection drug regimen exposes inmates to illegal cruel and unusual punishment. But – to the disappointment of death-penalty opponents – the use of lethal injection continues.

Religion Jun. 27, 2007

Capital Punishment’s Constant Constituency: An American Majority

Beginning with its temporary moratorium on the death penalty 35 years ago this month, the Supreme Court has changed its view of capital punishment more than once. The public, however, has not.

Pew Research Center Mar. 21, 2007

Death Penalty on Hold

After 897 executions by lethal injection over the past 25 years, the role of doctors in carrying out the death penalty is surfacing as the latest ethical issue to force a re-examination of capital punishment in the United States.

Pew Research Center Jan. 17, 2007

Lethal Injection on Trial

Already effectively on hold in 12 states, the death penalty will come under further attack in state legislatures and courts this year. In particular, lethal injection, once seen as a more humane alternative to the gas chamber, electric chair, firing squad or gallows now faces serious challenges.

Religion Aug. 17, 2006

The Death Penalty Today: Defend It, Mend It or End It?

In recent years, the nation has debated the proper application, morality and constitutionality of the death penalty. In this Pew Forum event transcript, four legal experts candidly debate the death penalty.