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Why the End of Capital Punishment Is Near

The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. on Sept. 21, 2010.
Eric Risberg—AP The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. on Sept. 21, 2010.

Bungled executions. Backlogged courts. And three more reasons the modern death penalty is a failed experiment

The case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev absorbed Americans as no death-penalty drama has in years. The saga of his crime and punishment began with the shocking bloodbath at the 2013 Boston Marathon, continued through the televised manhunt that paralyzed a major city and culminated in the death sentence handed down by a federal jury on May 15 after a two-phase trial…

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This appears in the June 08, 2015 issue of TIME.

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