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Death Penalty: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Can the death penalty be executed humanely? Should we even be implementing it at all? Why are we talking about this on a comedy show? John Oliver tackles the tough questions. Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver It's HBO.
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Bill McKidd (2 days ago)
Spoke with an old Trump supporter about this, and he was totally OK with a 5% error on executing innocent.
gg454lune (4 days ago)
My country doesn't have death penalty anymore since 1981 and I certainly don't want it back. I don't know how some US states can still keep it.
Kaleb G-W (6 days ago)
It costs so much more for death penalty cases because there are appeals, the case goes to higher courts and in the meantime the accused is often confined seperately. I can sympathize with Americans not wanting their tax dollars to go towards the privatized mess of just barely taking care of inmates on a basic level, but the system is so fundamentally broken that people who come in leave more likely to come back like a revolving door and sadly the solution (while not as simple as) does include more money being given. As for capital punishment, if you're found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, not just circumstancial, there were witnesses or video evidence, hard evidence, they take you out back and shoot you.
Roan Oneill (6 days ago)
Naþan Ø (8 days ago)
Are we sure that the fox lady near the beginning who says "A convicted killer from Oklahoma *dies* after a botched execution" actually knows that the dying part was intended? She sounds like she's thinking "holy shit, how could this go so wrong that someone winds up dying‽", only without the über-classy interrobang.
daynel bauta (8 days ago)
Fuck criminals
Orest Zarowsky (8 days ago)
The real issue is that none of the authorities responsible for false or wrongful convictions are held to account.
tamezxiii (9 days ago)
Tiny Hamster and Tiny Burrito 11:55
Ben J (9 days ago)
I used to be against the death penalty, but not anymore. I believe the death penalty should be saved for people who rape kids, and I'm not talking statutory rape, I'm talking fucking child molestors. I believe that in the case that there is absolutely undeniable evidence, or admission of guilt, these people don't deserve another second on this god damn earth. They are a waste of space, and they don't deserve life.
Walter Manning (9 days ago)
big black dick milf
mausile94 (10 days ago)
John Oliver is British????
armando dane (11 days ago)
Just bring down the price and streamline the process.
Jim Villatoro Morales (12 days ago)
Put all child molesters and killers to death. No excuses, no apologies, no remorse. Don't let these weak people turn these animals loose.
Sean Carroll (13 days ago)
why were there people laughing when he said boiled alive?
Tona V. (14 days ago)
Hey This Is America
Kendra Fraize (14 days ago)
Death penalty should be for murder and rape
LIES! The hamster was stashing the food in his cheek pouches for later consumption - he wasn't eating them now!
Flash HarelKrash (15 days ago)
Though it's hard to not wish death on pedophiles, I'm against the death penalty. I don't want the government to be my hit man.
Jesse woody (16 days ago)
Have them crush small rocks into little rocks for the rest of there lives or bring back chain gangs. I have never seen why that is an issue.
kawasaki whip two (18 days ago)
We have no problem punishing those who commit any crime. But when someone commits the ultimate crime... anyone who can sneek into someone's house,kidnap their daughter during her slumber party,take her to an isolated area,introduce her to the male penis in the most violent and graphic way possible, choke the life out of her,discard of her body under a sheet of plywood and then insult her father at his sentencing,deserves to be put to death. but that's just my opinion.
americasevilgenius (19 days ago)
If a death row inmate dies in a botched execution...then how can it be a "botched execution"? You got the correct end result.
CJSC GANG (19 days ago)
I don’t know if I should like this because he’s denounced cnn, Fox and and the tards who like the death penalty or to dislike because he’s joking about it
wes wells (20 days ago)
No and none now ...the hamsters :)
darkprince56 (20 days ago)
I don't get all the bleeding hearts here for criminals who truly deserve it. I am absolutely for the death penalty for example for sex crimes (especially those against children), animal abusers, and those who commit particularly heinous homicides. They should die the way they killed their victims.
Jack Jester (21 days ago)
WOOOOOOOOOO Scotland home of the chavs!!! this guys entertaining sub!!
Jun Xian Wu (21 days ago)
A convicted killer dies after botched execution......isn't that ironic since death is the expected result of an execution lmao
al fis (22 days ago)
Grey Flag (22 days ago)
Saying you shouldn’t have he death penalty is saying the Vegas shooter deserved to live
Richard Arocho (23 days ago)
It was worth waiting to see the hamster
WEEABOO 64 (24 days ago)
Sees title* ohhhhhhhhhhh nooooooooo
Adam Marshall (24 days ago)
My beliefs on the death penalty 1. Good people shouldn't die and death row should be HIGHLY selected 2. Truly evil people (rapests, murder, child molesters, ect.) should die to bring peace to the family
Dimitris Tsouchlarakis (25 days ago)
just for the record i am greek and i am pretty fucking sure that this chobani shit would not even be called yogourt in greece..
Ozan Akyıldız (26 days ago)
I actually realized this was a very early episode from John's placement in the frame
Philip B (26 days ago)
The Death Penalty is a long-burning fuse, touching on similar ethical topics. We have just had a refer/end'em in Ireland over abortion. Where the State prevents any recourse to an unwanted pregnancy: clearly that becomes incumbent unto the State to meet that the State acquit and supply the resources which that child shall have expected from a voluntary birth State coercion can be waived juducially past various social norms, but can not escape monetary responsibility.
Sarah Moreira Utzig (27 days ago)
I love John Oliver and even though I don't support the death penalty I'm not against it either. I can see the pros and cons of each side, and maybe if I had a loved one brutally murdered I might want the perpetrator to die. So yeah, I don't think I really can judge people who support the death penalty. But going to the arguments, I admit that the "cost" argument is true, but it has its problems. Extra costs are especially due to extra legal costs of a death penalty case, and not so much with housing costs. That has to do to a number of reasons, the main one being that death penalty cases are much more complex, time consuming and require more specialists to build credible evidence. So yeah, if there are cases of injustice when the death penalty is sought - despite these high standards, imagine when it is not? I think the general population drastically underestimates the number of wrongful convictions, and that is a major problem of the justice system itself: it's a lot more flawed than people believe. Another major issue that is so rarely spoken of, is the risk of tampering with evidence by investigators. We assume investigators and forensic scientists are paladins of justice looking for the truth, but in many cases they're not. There should be better systems in place to deter them from being corrupt and manipulate evidence. Videotaping interrogations was a major step forward, but I think investigators should also be obliged to film their searches. I think searches should be streamed live to be honest.
Cody Columbia (28 days ago)
If some stranger who is likely innocent gets killed by Government isn’t enough to make you want to abolish capital punishment, then venture down the road of YOU being charged and convicted on something you are innocent of and are put to death. Even though your line of thinking is, “ I’ll never do anything or be near anything ever that will land me in any such situation” you never know, and that was likely the exact thinking of people who were killed for a crime they did not do as well. If you still need one more reason and aren’t quite convinced, then here it is, if you are a criminal and do things that could land you in the slammer and put to death with two bangs of the judges hammer (I know, I know, it’s gavelbut hammer rhymed) then you can alleviate this possibility by abolishing capital punishment haha.
drdassler (30 days ago)
How did they secure that hamster?
Eleanora Dzen (30 days ago)
Finland- the country with incentives to remove a parent's parental rights to have an influx of European looking children for adoption and parents letting their friends get intimate with their underage children. OfCoUrSe FiNlAnD iS oN aLl ThE GoOd LiStS (sacrasm)
libra XY (30 days ago)
In lighten tems this is amercia
richard wilmot Ph.D (1 month ago)
TheTravelingbard (1 month ago)
i dunno man. maybe the death penalty should only be reserved for people who kill en mass? like, people so dangerous to society that the only way to keep society truely safe from them is to kill them?
Branislav Gajdos (1 month ago)
one deadly injection cost moore like food for whole life in prison ?
benjamin williams (1 month ago)
His tie at the beginning annoys the shit out of me
Nick Rode (1 month ago)
Killed it! ;)
brave sir robin (1 month ago)
The death penalty is not so much a deterent for criminals as it is satisfaction for the surviving victims Countries with very harsh (Death) penalties dont have less crime then countries that dont Luckily justice isnt brought by the victims but by impartial judges Can u imagine how soon torture would be reinstated if the penalty was decided by the victims themselves?
Aaron Chan (1 month ago)
We really need to reform the death penalty to be cheaper and more effecient
Mehreen Gul (1 month ago)
I think rapists should be given the death penalty as soon as they are found guilty
Asakura Tetsuo Folco (1 month ago)
What I really asking my self is how they demand politicians to be Good Christians, and where they read in the Bible about Jesus green Mile's enterprise...
edward lubin (1 month ago)
fer fuck sake
phatkaveh60 (1 month ago)
Man dead after botched execution. sounds like it wasn't botched then
Michael Sanches (1 month ago)
Oliver is lying when he says we spend 10 times as much on people with the death penalty as those with life sentences. He counts the costs of lawyers used to answer all the appeals. But, he ignores those costs for people with life sentences. People with life sentences have just as many appeals as death penalty prisoners. I was in prison ministry for 15 years. I have dozens of murderers, rapists, etc. as friends. Every single one was constantly involved in one appeal or another. There is a whole system they use: Sentence: Life without parole Appeal over and over until you get a judge to give you a year sentence, like 300 years. Appeal over and over until to get that number reduced over and over again until the sentence matches the time you have served. Oliver is lying when he says inmates with life sentences are happy to stay in prison and don't appeal.
Michael Sanches (1 month ago)
Oliver loves the Finland list: Strongest ally of Nazi Germany.
Joseph Fforde ffan (1 month ago)
Well, I see an exception : Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and China have oil. It's the ony nice list they could have in common.
Jimmy Alexzander (1 month ago)
Yes John the America Justice System IS a HUGH shit show, thank you for pointing that out.
Kelly Keefe (1 month ago)
The Russians have the right idea. After your trial you are led into a room with a drain, and shot in the back of the head. Very cost effective and fool proof!
Kelly Keefe (1 month ago)
Just ask OJ Simpson.......
Ace Diamonds (1 month ago)
because the justice system is infallible.
Kelly Keefe (1 month ago)
All criminals are innocent just ask them.
Ace Diamonds (1 month ago)
yeah cause no one is ever wrongfully convicted.
lonely rhi (1 month ago)
Ah, the sweet innocent days when john bribed us with cute videos and didn't make the video unavailable in Australia.... Fuck you by the way
cringey_but_crispy (1 month ago)
oh my god little baby john
Nicholas Plesko (1 month ago)
Rick Perry approved 250 executions and the total cost was at least 575,000,000$. At least 8 of those 250 were innocent or should not have been on death row but Rick Perry quashed any noise the people made. Its 3x more expensive to execute someone than it is to house them for 40 years maximum security.
Shawn Avery (1 month ago)
Hey Ned Stark does it soooo i guess its ok
Michael Sweet (1 month ago)
Usually I disagree with most of what you have to say, John Oliver, but you are completely right in this case.
John Sinclair (1 month ago)
Hears is my one problem i have. How do we know they are guilty. We see all the time guy in prison 20 year proven not guilty.
Claudia O'Neil (1 month ago)
We need a show like this for New Zealand
Masked Autist (1 month ago)
George Carlin did it 10 times better.
0x1A3C3E7 (1 month ago)
How the fuck do execution cases cost $300 million? That can't be right.
Aerin Gossett (1 month ago)
I would say yes.
arnaud hureaux (1 month ago)
You don't speak about lifes saved non-recidivism of peoples executed. And are they not a way to have execution less costly ? (sorry for my english i'am french)
Joseph (1 month ago)
Death penalty is expensive? Costs over $100 million per person? Why are you not curious about how they reached such a number? John? Is that because you are not that objective about this issue?
Katie Simpkins (1 month ago)
Wow I miss the days when even liberals could admit that America shouldn't be like Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia
woody chuck (1 month ago)
Crap another Democrat that doesn’t know what he is talking about. (No democrat knows what they are talking about)
bubbiesdad (1 month ago)
California, 13 executions in 36 years, is that actually considered enforcing the death penalty?
bubbiesdad (1 month ago)
No evidence of being a deterrent? Neither is prison time. Is she suggesting we do away with prisons?
bubbiesdad (1 month ago)
Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia kill people for being gay.
Meme Bois (1 month ago)
I think the death penalty should be reserved for ONLY serial killers who people know for a fact is guilty, and people like the Las Vegas shooter.
ozoraidani (1 month ago)
Why are death penalties so expensive? That number just seemed exorbitantly high...
Cody Parker (1 month ago)
Yes it should exist.
yegfreethinker (1 month ago)
*Capital punishment has no place in a civilized society* _former US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall_
Goofy Goober (1 month ago)
Nah man come to germany for your lesbian weddings bruh, 'Finnland aint about that stuff
-T0NY - (1 month ago)
Skip to 12:23 for the hamsters
John Oliver is so uncomfortable in this episode it's the funniest joke
TheAvPman Gaming (2 months ago)
Oh my gosh he wore such a tacky shirt back then
the0master200 (2 months ago)
It wouldn't be so expensive if you shot them straight in the head. The death penalty is for killing people only, so being falsely accused is hard when it is a murder case.
BanLiveExport (2 months ago)
Death Penalty cases go on for longer than non death penalty cases this costs the Tax Payer Millions of Dollars. Death Penalty cases cost the Tax Payer Millions of Dollars. Murder Rates are not lower in Death Penalty States.
Major woody (2 months ago)
Texas don't fuck around man.
H_Steve_H (2 months ago)
I’d like to see him revisit this more in depth now that he’s mastered his format a little better. Come on John, tear this apart like you do all other failing systems!
Bob Ganskow (2 months ago)
How in the world is the death penalty that expensive? That was California though. Texas does things differently.
nickgonz_ (2 months ago)
This is quite possible the best episode of the series. I’d love to see John Oliver now have a conversation with himself from this video
CptObvious (2 months ago)
Who cares, he's dead
Dalton Smith (2 months ago)
John handled this topic well, I fully support the death penalty but I totally understand its flaws
Sam Collins (2 months ago)
wait a minute. "Oklahoma killer dies after botched execution". just play that in your head a few times. dies after botched execution. dies bothced eecution. dies. execution. hmmmm
eLem3nT (2 months ago)
The girl at 0:20 is alright lookin =)
Ethan (2 months ago)
Families shouldn't have any say in criminal sentencing, especially given that revenge is immoral.
xr7fan (2 months ago)
I'm so sick of these left wing faggots who care more about the lives of murderers than they do the lives of unborn babies.
Loubna Ait (2 months ago)
Okay, so I've watched this video a couple of times now since its release. I can almost understand that it's supposed to be a deterrent (only "almost"), but how the f*ck are the costs of captivity an argument? It throws me everytime What train of thought leads to this argument? "Well they are criminal. They might be a threat to the rest of society so they should be excluded and kept under control. Nah that's quite costly, I'd rather end their life"? Do you not value life? How is something like this not against the basic code if a democratic country??? Especially if you consider how the classification of the severity of a crime can be arbitrary. Especially now Imagine having to die because of a marijuana charge, *hm* if you catch my drift...
Madi Burdzy (2 months ago)
damn, playing God is expensive
JWil42 (2 months ago)
I think that we should only use the death penalty as a way to protect the innocent from someone. If we put someone in a maximum security prison for life with no parole (ie, as much security as constitutionally possible) and they broke out, THEN it is okay in my mind. Can anyone agree with that?
The Sexecutioner (2 months ago)
I laughed what are you gonna do, step on my hamster. We live in a society that can afford to drive in the bike lane but the skirts women wear just keep getting shorter and shorter, our planet is not asleep its awake and will be a lot smaller if we dont lower taxes on the middle class. im not a scientist im a human being goddammit.
Mr. Person (2 months ago)
Mark Kuiper (2 months ago)
Capitel punisment is good
Silverscale Derg (2 months ago)
If humans kill and even have bounties on coyotes, wolves and other wild canines for daring to go after a lamb for food, to go after raccoons because they eat trash, to go after iguanas because they dare eat plants (not even mentioning how protected cats, one of the species that are highly invasive and decimate the environment are protected). If a human steals they may spend time in jail...but that's all. Hell rapest don't get killed, it's hard for humans to be killed because they think themselves as so damn high and mighty. I swear.
Jiessie T. (2 months ago)
You can take the pain and torture out of the death penalty, but you didn't take the dying out of it.

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