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The Death Penalty

The state of Missouri has carried out more executions in the past 6 months than it carried out in the preceding 7 years, including the latest inmate Jeffrey Ferguson on Wednesday. Missouri’s record for executions in one year is nine, a number that we are on target to exceed if 2014 continues at the current rate.

Join us, with reporter Chris McDaniel, as we explore St. Louis Public Radio’s groundbreaking investigation of where Missouri has been obtaining their execution drugs, and how secrecy and controversy have surrounded our state’s latest executions.

We’ll also go deeper with our top-local, legal minds and leading national expert Richard Dieter of the Death Penalty Information Center about the reality of the death penalty as it’s currently being used—what does the research tell us about how it’s sought out and ultimately implemented? How has it evolved?

We should care because every time the State of Missouri executes a person they are doing it in the name of every citizen in the State of Missouri.”

- Kay Parish

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The execution of Jeffrey Ferguson closed chapters in several lives

The execution of Jeffrey Ferguson closed chapters in several lives

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