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Death (Penalty) Be Not Proud

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 12.20.2016 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

In the last twenty years, capital punishment has fallen out of favor in the United States.

SB 490: Let the Voters Make an Informed Decision

James Clark | Posted 10.03.2011 | Los Angeles
James Clark

No one is surprised to learn that California's death penalty is a broken and dysfunctional system. The question is: how do we fix it?

Fighting the Death Penalty: Hope for Change

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Proponents of the death penalty have stopped trying to argue it deters crime or that it costs less or that all victims want this. All of the justifications for the death penalty come down to one which they effectively argue: retribution.

Cut This: The Death Penalty

James Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James Clark

California must re-evaluate its budget priorities. End the death penalty and save $1 billion in five years.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Virginia executed Paul Powell for murdering a 16-year-old girl and raping and attempting to murder her 14-year-old sister. Reading the details of the crime, your instinctive response is utter revulsion and a cry for justice to be done. But state-sanctioned killing -- unless it is for reasons of national security -- is not something we as a society should be doing. In America, 139 people on death row have been exonerated. And a study on death penalty appeals found two-thirds of all death sentences were overturned due to serious errors, including prosecutorial misconduct. Then there is the cost: it is much more expensive to execute a prisoner than to send him to prison for life. For example, California could save $125 million a year if it eliminated the death penalty. That's a lot of money for a state cutting social services to the bone. It's time for the death penalty to be put to death.

A(nother) Beautiful Child is Killed: What Should We Do With Her Murderers?

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Harold Pollack

I've seen nothing to suggest that we accomplish much by brutalizing the small and troubled people who commit atrocities. Killing these four gang bangers who murdered Nequiel Fowler does nothing to honor or memorialize this beautiful child.