Poll: Is there an acceptable innocence rate on death row? If so, what is it?

As I noted in today’s Morning Links, a new National Academy of Sciences study estimates (conservatively, according to the authors) that about 4 percent of people who are sentenced to death are likely innocent.

I’m opposed to the death penalty, but I do often wonder what percentage of innocents would be acceptable to death penalty supporters. Clearly, a system designed and run by humans will occasionally get it wrong. But what is an acceptable figure? Here’s a little poll to see where The Watch readers stand:

Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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