Death Penalty and the Media

Death Penalty and the Media

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  • (1) For as long as the United States has been around, so has the death penalty
  • (3) Of course they have! Currently, 21 states (including D.C) have repealed the death penalty but anti death penalty campaigns have hit a wall.
  • (2) Haven't people tried to get the death penalty repealed?
  • (4) More recently, the media and social media have influenced peoples perceptions about the death penalty
  • (6) Through interviews, crowdsourcing, Twitterbombs, online petitions, and public awareness!
  • (5) How do they do that?!
  • (7) hmmmm... interesting! Is it working?
  • (7) It is! An example of this is in Maryland where social media campaigns were able to influence Governor O'Malley into making Maryland the 18th state to repeal the death penalty.
  • (8) Has the media and social media helped in specific cases?
  • (9) Yes! In the case of Marcellus Williams, after prominent anti-death penalty figures took to twitter to get Williams exonerated based on DNA evidence, Governor Greitens of Missouri was forced to retry Williams's case.
  • (10) That's so cool! Does the media and social media ever negatively effect the repeal of the death penalty?
  • (13) People often believe that the threat of death row will deter people from comitting violent crimes. When they see these violent crimes on the news, they worry that these violent crimes will increase if the death penalty is repealed.
  • (11) A 2010 study found that people who watch violent crime tv shows or hear about violent crimes on the news are more likely to support the death penalty. 
  • (12) Why is that?
  • (15) Other than continue to be outspoken on social media, there isn't much to do. Remember, the anti-death penalty campaign has been going on since the 1700's. It is a slow a steady process!
  • (14) Is there anything we can do?
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