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April 2019 - The Penalty of Death

Louisiana is among 31 states that allows the death penalty as a form of criminal punishment. Currently, executions in the state are on hold due to a federal suit against Louisiana over its lethal injection protocol. Louisiana is also unable to get the drugs it uses due to a ban by drug manufacturers.

Attorney General Jeff Landry says Louisiana could obtain lethal injection drugs if the Legislature made the purchasing process more secretive. Lawmakers could also allow for execution options other than lethal injection. Meanwhile, Republican Representative Dan Claitor and Democratic Representative Terry Landry will introduce bills this session to abolish Louisiana’s death penalty saying it’s expensive, not a deterrent and morally wrong.

Louisiana Public Square brings together proponents and opponents of capital punishment to explore the debate on “The Penalty of Death” Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, April 23)

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.