Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens spoke in Washington, D.C. Monday, blasting the death penalty and saying it “does a lot of harm, and does really very little good.”
Stevens was speaking at the American Law Institute’s annual meeting. He said he believes the death penalty will eventually be a thing of the past because of growing public sentiments opposing it.
“I really think that in regard to the death penalty. … I’m not sure that the democratic process won’t provide the answers sooner than the court does, because I do think there is a significantly growing appreciation of the basic imbalance in cost-per-person benefit analysis. And the application of the death penalty does a lot of harm, and does really very little good,” said Stevens.