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Abolish The Death Penalty Now

Abolish The Death Penalty Now
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October 10 is World Day Against The Death Penalty.

Or we could re-name it, “Two-Thirds Of The World Is Against The Death Penalty Day.” (But not the United States, along with such great company as China, Iran, North Korea and Yemen.)

More Than Two-Thirds Of Countries Have Abolished The Death Penalty

From The Economist:

More than two-thirds of countries have done away with it either in law or in practice. The latest is Benin. In August the west African country committed itself to abolishing capital punishment permanently. The number of countries that carry out judicial killings fell from 41 in 1995 to 23 in 2010, according to Amnesty International, a pressure group. China (chiefly), Iran, North Korea, and Yemen accounted for most of the executions. Votes against the death penalty at the UN General Assembly have passed with big and growing majorities since 2007. Capital punishment has virtually gone in Europe (only Belarus still uses it, most recently in July). This year China whittled down its list of crimes punishable by death.

But Two-Thirds Of The States In The U.S. Still Have The Death Penalty

And then there’s the United States, where two-thirds of the states still have the death penalty.

I enumerated the 10 Reasons To End The Death Penalty when I wrote about it here, but just to summarize:

* Capital punishment is more costly than life without parole

* Life without parole is just as effective as capital punishment in preventing recidivism

* Capital punishment does not deter others from committing crimes

* Capital punishment runs counter to a “culture of life”

When all other justifications are debunked, the only one left is vengeance. In the end, we waste money and promote killing just to make us feel good about exacting some revenge.

Let’s look at the most recent, shameful example.

Troy Davis was sent to his death last month despite a mass of evidence that left his 1991 conviction in doubt, including recantations from seven of the nine key witnesses at his trial for the murder of a police officer.

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6:11PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Yes!

5:59PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Abolish the death penalty.....!!!!

10:29PM PDT on May 19, 2012

thank you for article..

10:29PM PDT on May 19, 2012

thank you for article..

10:29PM PDT on May 19, 2012

thank you for article..

10:29PM PDT on May 19, 2012

thank you for article..

12:54PM PDT on May 10, 2012

Time to end this barbaric practice.

6:19AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

There are a lot of INNOCENT people in death row

6:07AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

killing an unarmed person locked in a cage unable to commit any more crimes is just murder

5:41AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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