Posted by: Mike P. | January 4, 2010

Capital Punishment?

Apparently the only group providing an intellectual framework for capital punishment in the US has withdrawn its support.

Anyone who has followed capital cases even casually has heard of numerous incidents where people were executed due to bad science (2), bad legal representation, or some combination of the above.

It is time we as a nation realize that capital punishment does not deter crime, and certainly innocent people are put to death. While capital punishment might provide some sort of vengeance, I think it is time we a society relinquish this desire and settle for the fact that the criminal justice system does not always dispense justice in a fair fashion. Equal justice for all is a goal worth obtaining, but it is not obtainable. Capital punishment assumes that justice is obtainable, and for that reason, along with others, execution should be abolished.

And finally, what sort of vengeance have the families of the victims achieved if they later learn that the wrong person was executed? Isn’t life in prison enough?

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