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Advocates for and Against the Death Penalty Make Their Case

Nine people have been executed in the state of Texas in 2014. Two more are scheduled for execution later this month. While eleven executions would be, by far, the most in any state in 2014, it’s alsoÂthe fewest in Texas since 1996. Why? Are attitudes changing towards the death penalty in Texas? Are we intentionally […]

Nine people have been executed in the state of Texas in 2014. Two more are scheduled for execution later this month. While eleven executions would be, by far, the most in any state in 2014, it’s alsoÂthe fewest in Texas since 1996. Why? Are attitudes changing towards the death penalty in Texas? Are we intentionally pursuing fewer capital cases?Â

We revisit these and other questions associated with the death penalty in Texas with two guests.

First, we talk with Sister Helen Prejean. If her name rings a bell, it could be because of her best-selling bookÂDead Man Walking, or theÂfilm adaptationÂof the same name. Susan Sarandon won an Oscar for her portrayal of Sister Prejean, who became a strong advocate for the elimination of the death penalty after witnessing the process of executions first-hand, and ministering to death row inmates. We welcome your questions and comments for Helen Prejean as she visits Houston toÂdiscuss “The Death Penalty and Prison Reform in Texas” on the UH campus.

Then, we hear a different perspective as we welcome your questions and comments for forÂDudley Sharp,Âa victims’ rights advocateÂwho tracks legislation related to capital punishment and has spoken out over the years in favor of it.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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