Last updated on: 8/4/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael A. Kroll Biography

Title:
Founder of the Death Penalty Information Center
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“As the execution of Donald Beardslee looms in California, I’ve been wondering what argument for or against the death penalty hasn’t already been made thousands of times before.

It’s true that some circumstances have changed. For example, we have a new governor who takes a more nuanced view on matters of criminal justice than his predecessor. Also, polls show that the public may be gradually losing the taste for capital punishment.

But the honest, though depressing, answer to my question is: nothing has really changed. The death penalty in America is little more than a ritual sacrifice in which various participants — including me, the crusading abolitionist — assume their predictable roles.”

“The Ritual of Executions,” Pacific News Service, Jan. 14, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Editor, The Beat Within magazine
  • Associate Editor, Pacific News Service
  • Contributing writer, New American Media website
  • Founder and former Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center
Education:
  • BA, Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1965
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Prosecutorial Misconduct a Widespread Problem in Capital Cases?