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Week 4: Utah’s Death Penalty Debate

Renee Bright

It’s been more than a decade since Utah last executed someone. Since then, the legislature has looked at repealing the death penalty several times but has never passed it. It’s a debate that divides conservatives and gets to the heart of how personal the idea of “justice” can be.


  • Jennifer Dobner, journalist
  • Darcy Van Orden, founder and executive director of the Utah Justice Coalition
  • Andrew Peterson, assistant solicitor general, Utah Attorney General’s Office

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Corrected: February 15, 2022 at 1:00 PM MST
An earlier version of the podcast misidentified the types of rifles used during execution. In fact, there are five shooters with 30-caliber rifles.
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