Jerome Nathanson

Sunday, March 13, 1960

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Frank Titus moderates.

Jerome Nathanson, Chairman of New York State Committee to Abolish Capital Punishment, who discusses "the case against capital punishment."

Panelists include Mike Wall, Charles Rosema, James Cardinal, Steve Bronstein.

He is questioned about his organization - which he describes as including people of all faiths and people of no faith. When asked, he states that he is categorically opposed to all capital punishment, even if Hitler had still been alive at the end of WWII. He favors life imprisonment. He also favors parole in some life imprisonment cases. He cites statistics in New Jersey where parole in these cases exist and there had been no instances of a paroled murderer killing again.
Nathanson is also questioned about the death penalty as used by the military.
He discusses how other states have gone about abolishing the death penalty. Caryl Chessman case is specifically mentioned.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72086


Steve Bronstein, James Cardinal, Jerome Nathanson, Charles Rosema, Frank Titus and Michael B. Wall


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