Trump administration change to capital punishment policy worrying

Donald Trump Toonsource: NPR News
published: 26 July 2019

NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Hannah Cox, of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, about the Trump administration announcing plans to reinstate capital punishment in federal cases.

MARTIN: Conservatives Against – I’m sorry – Conservatives Concerned About The Death Penalty – Hannah Cox is the national manager, and she joins us on the line from Greenville, S.C. Thanks so much for being with us.

HANNAH COX: Thanks for having me.

MARTIN: Donald Trump as a candidate, as – in the White House, had talked about his support for capital punishment. So did this come as a surprise for you, or were you expecting this?

COX: Not as a total surprise. We knew that this was a possibility for some time now. But I think we’re severely disappointed, and we really feel like this is a move that is in stark contrast to where the majority the nation is moving on this issue and where conservatives are as well.

MARTIN: Well, let’s talk about that because as you note, polling shows that support for capital punishment is steadily declining over the past 45 years or so. But a majority of Americans still support it. And in our latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll, which is out just this week, 84% of Republicans still support the death penalty. So the numbers appear to be weighted against you still.

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