Dieter, Richard

Richard C. Dieter is Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

Where America Stands on the Death Penalty

By Richard Dieter
Death Penalty Information Center

Recently, news stories might give the impression that most Americans are staunch defenders of the death penalty. However, public opinion polls, many state legislatures, and increasing numbers of jurors paint a very different picture. The death penalty is in rapid decline in the U.S. The public is deeply skeptical of the capital punishment process, shocked at its enormous costs, and quite ready to replace it with alternative sentences.