Deborah Denno on the Death Penalty and America’s Opioid Crisis

Deborah W. Denno, professor at Fordham Law School discusses the role death penalty has to play in solving America’s opioid crisis on the university’s blog. 

President Donald Trump has pushed the death penalty for drug dealers as a solution to reduce America’s skyrocketing number of fatal overdoses. President Trump believes employing the death penalty denotes a tough approach to dealers, however, according to Professor Denno, this tactic actually represents the opposite.

Professor Denno suggests that using the death penalty as a method of addressing the opioid crisis is not only costly and statistically ineffective, but fails to consider the real difficulty associated with securing a death penalty conviction.

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