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She Was My Heart | The Penalty of Death | April 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Wayne Guzzardo speaks about his daughter Stephanie whose convicted murderer is still on death row more than 20 years later.

Alternatives | The Penalty of Death | April 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Louisiana Chief Deputy Attorney General Wilbur Stiles indicates there are options available to continue executions in the state.

Argument for Death Penalty | The Penalty of Death | April 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Louisiana Chief Deputy Attorney General Wilbur Stiles says the number of exonerations in the state are an argument for the death penalty.

An Inaccurate Record | The Penalty of Death | April 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Attorney E. King Alexander with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty discusses the number of times death sentences in the state are overturned.

Is Death Penalty a Deterrent? | The Penalty of Death | April 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

Attorney E. King Alexander with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty describes what studies show about the death penalty as a deterrent.

Arbitrary Use | The Penalty of Death | April 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Alanah Odoms Hebert touches on how the sentence of death is applied arbitrarily across the state.

Callous to Victims’ Families | The Penalty of Death | April 2019 | Louisiana Public Square

ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Alanah Odoms Hebert says the death penalty process doesn’t truly provide comfort to victims’ families.

April 2019 - The Penalty of Death

Louisiana is among 30 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.

The panelists will be:

  • District Attorney Don Burkett, Sabine Parish
  • Richard Bourke, Director of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center
  • S. G. Michelle Ghetti, Louisiana Department of Justice
  • Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia

The program features interviews with Wilbur Stiles, Louisiana Deputy Attorney General; Alanah OdomsHebert, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana; E. King Alexander, a Calcasieu Parish attorney on the Advisory Board of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty; and Wayne Guzzardo, the father of a daughter who was killed in 1995, whose murderer is still on death row.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and LPB news anchor, Natasha Williams, host the program. Visitwww.lpb.org/publicsquare for more information.

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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.

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