Sanders: It's Time To End The Death Penalty

Oct 30, 2015

Sanders speaks at a house party in N.H. earlier this year

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says it's time the United States join nearly every industrialized nation in the West in saying no to capital punishment.

Sen. Sanders' remarks on the Senate floor Thursday came a day after rival Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced support for taking a "hard look" at the application of the death penalty, though she stopped short of advocating for abolishing the punishment.

Sanders also is calling for reforming the criminal justice system, which he said puts more people in jail than any other country on earth and makes it harder for Americans to get back on their feet once they're out of jail. The self-described democratic socialist has long been an opponent of capital punishment.