the absence of the elimination of the death penalty altogether, a society that considers itself just and compassionate cannot fail to take the available steps that will virtually eliminate the chance of erroneous execution. Thousands of people across the United States and around the world wrote to the governor. Their bloodlust masked as justice is rooted in the primitive motivation for vengeance, which at least with respect to this issue reduces their ability to employ reason.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis just announced the Catholic Church now opposes the death penalty under all circumstances. The Pope said the death penalty violates the Gospel and. In fact, studies by the Death Penalty, information Center show that murder rates tend to be higher in the, south (where the imposition of the death penalty is the highest) compared to the, northeast United States (where the death penalty is less commonly applied).
Read our most recent annual report on the death penalty world wide. A Broken System, the flaws in the death penalty are too deep to fix. Alternatively, a competing measure seeks to speed up the process. I recently met 40-year-old Obie Anthony, who spent 17 years in California prisons because prosecutors intentionally withheld evidence that would point to his innocence. Military and the.S. The writer is a member of the California Assembly. Can never be eliminated. There is no evidence that the death penalty deters crime or improves public safety.