An Alliance Portal on the Death Penalty
Capital Punishment, death penalty, judicial homicide, assassination, bloodshed, bumping off, carnage, execution, extermination, manslaughter, massacre, slaughter, slaying, mob justice, stringing up, the gallows, vigilante justice, vengeance, murder by any other name.
The Death Penalty
Civilized nations have abandoned state murder.
Hopefully the United States will join the ranks
of the civilized nations of the world.
Death Penalty – Two little words that mean
the legal act of committing murder.
The only time
killing is “justified”
is as a last resort
in direct self-defense.
More on the Death Penalty, Judicial Homicide, and Killing both Innocent and Guilty Prisoners…
On Killing prisoners:
Killing prisoners is morally
unacceptable. Killing in
time of war is “justified”
according to the threat
presented by an enemy
combatant. Killing an
enemy in combat may
be “justified” on a similar
basis as for killing in
self-defense outside of war.
A prisoner no longer presents a
threat used to justify killing in war.
Killing prisoners is murder, pure and simple.
It is immoral. It was Hitler’s most heinous crime.
According to the Geneva Convention,
prisoners of war who have surrendered
cannot be tortured, plundered or killed.
The murder of defenseless prisoners
is rightly considered
to be a war crime.
What some have said about judicial homicide:
“Since I was a law student, I have
been against the death penalty.
It does not deter.
It is severely discriminatory
against minorities, especially
since they’re given no competent
legal counsel defense in many cases.
It’s a system that has to be perfect.
You cannot execute one innocent
person. No system is perfect.
And to top it off, for those of you
who are interested in economics,
it costs more to pursue a capital
case toward execution than it
does to have full life imprisonment
Ralph Nader Meet the Press interview, Jun. 25, 2000
We need to kill the death penalty, not people.
The death penalty is racist
and has been applied in
racially-discriminatory ways. African
American men are disproportionately
sentenced to death. Prosecutors, juries,
and judges are much more likely to
apply the death penalty when the victim
is white and the defendant is black.
Race is a “potent influence” at every step in the criminal (in) justice system,
including search, arrest, indictment, trial, conviction, sentence, and execution.
The death penalty is inhumane.
Killing people makes us like the murderers
who most of us so despise. It is not only about
what capital punishment does to those killed,
but also what it does to those who do the
killing and those in whose name the killing
is done. It’s bad enough that we are victimized
by crime in our society; we don’t need to be
further victimized by by becoming perpetrators
and enacting the death penalty and then
living with the unfortunate consequences.
10) Social Change.
The tide is turning against
the death penalty. Increasingly, countries and states are banning the death penalty; drug companies are refusing to allow their products to be used for capital punishment; the U.S.
is executing fewer people; and public support for the death penalty is waning. Decreased crime rates, changes in sentencing guidelines, diminishing support, and demographics (the young and people of color are much less likely to support the death penalty) are all leading toward less capital punishment and its ultimate abolition.
There are also personal, political, religious,
and spiritual reasons to oppose capital punishment. The sooner we kill the death penalty, the better it’ll be.
Let’s not wait any longer.
Dan Brook, Ph.D., is a freelance instructor of sociology and political science, maintains Eco-Eating at www.brook.com/veg, and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many western industrialized nations in the world today kill prisoners, murder citizens, put children to death, and exterminate the mentally-ill?
This Only Happens in America…
Let’s change this shameful state of affairs.
It’s an uphill battle… but the only way to stop killing, is to stop killing.
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The death penalty condemns the innocent to die.
- Since 1976, more than 100 people have been released from prison after being sentenced to death despite their innocence. In other words, 1 in 7 of those on death row have been freed after being fully exonerated.
The book, In Spite of Innocence, notes that between 1900 and 1992 there have been 416 documented cases of innocent persons who have been convicted of murder or capital rape — a third of whom were given a death sentence. The authors discovered that in 23 of these cases, the person was executed.
Illinois has released as many from death row as it has executed since 1976. As a result, an Illinois Supreme Court Justice said, “Despite the courts’ efforts to fashion a death penalty scheme that is just…, the system is not working. Innocent people are being sentenced to death… If this is the best our state can do, we have no business sending people to their deaths.”