Death penalty is on its way out

  • Article by: DAVID A. LOVE
  • Updated: February 1, 2013 - 7:25 PM

Only nine states made use of the death penalty in 2012.

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firefight41Feb. 1, 13 7:31 PM

The death penalty is actually on the decline in America. ************ It needs to be eliminated.

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goferfanzFeb. 1, 13 7:37 PM

So, abortion must not be considered a "death penalty" in this column.....am I following the author's logic (or lack thereof) here?

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Mrs.JackJonesFeb. 1, 13 7:52 PM

There isn't any way of knowing how murders are avoided because of the treat of the death penalty. Needless to say the anti-death penalty people keep telling us that the threat of the death penalty isn't a deterrent. Sorry, I don't believe that for a second. The problem as I see it, is the time segment between the court verdict and actually carrying out the sentence. The criminal should have at most, 12 months to file his/her appeal. After 12 months and 1 day, the State carries out the punishment as determined by the Courts.

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jjsbrwFeb. 1, 13 9:48 PM

goferfanzFeb. 1, 137:37 PMSo, abortion must not be considered a "death penalty" in this column.....am I following the author's logic (or lack thereof) here?------------------------- I'm guessing that since you feel so strongly about abortion you must be against the death penalty as well.

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gopher68Feb. 1, 13 9:49 PM

You're missing the point, Mrs.JackJones. Did you see the part of the article that mentioned the US has put countless innocent people to death? If we are killing innocent people, how does that make us better than the criminals? Are you saying it's OK to have "collateral damage" in using the death penalty as a deterrent?

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goldengoph3rFeb. 1, 13 9:54 PM

With so many tragic errors in the application of the death penalty, this is a welcome development.

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jpcooperFeb. 1, 1310:17 PM

Every Inmate on death row in innocent....Just ask them!

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mn2niceFeb. 1, 1310:27 PM

In the 88 years the death penalty has been enforced in the United States, it never has been, is not now, nor will it ever be a dterrent to others killing. The number of studies that have been done in that time have demonstrated capital punishment is not punishment but nothing more than state-sactioned murder, and as numerous reports, including this one, have shown, it is inequally administered (blacks and the poverty-stricken are more than 25 times likely to be executed than whites with money), the errors are always there, and it makes us just like the murderers we execute. It has no place in modern jurisprudence. It is also horrendously expensive to execute someone. More than the cost of a prison cell by a factor of five. I know this because an attorney I once worked for was in charge of the death penalty project at the ACLU of Southern California, and she had piles of articles and reports on its use in the U.S. The notion that death is a punishment is just flat wrong. Criminologists will tell you punishment inplies that at some point the person will be set free. When you punish your kid for doing something wrong, do you keep them locked up in the bedroom forever? No. You set a time when they can come out with the expectation they will change their behavior. Death is not a deterrent. It is just death.

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gopher68Feb. 1, 1310:48 PM

@jpcooper, what is your response to the fact that 300 people who were once convicted and sentenced to death were set free because subsequent DNA testing proved that they were innocent? How many innocent people are you willing to put to death to possibly serve as a deterrent to others?

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Mrs.JackJonesFeb. 1, 1311:05 PM

Mn2nice - when I see the letters ACLU, I automatically divorce anything said/ printed as biased and slanted. Death as a punishment can never be studied with any degree of accuracy. The criminal already apprehended is not the one to interview, but the number of people who DON'Tcommit the act BECAUSE of the death penalty is undeterminable. As such, I firmly believe there more in this subset than in the prior. Again 12 months is time enough for any appeal. As to killing the innocent, is this any different than getting killed by a drunk driver? Both are preventable but society still sells alcohol.

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