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: