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Death Penalty Debate

Blame Obama For Racial Tensions With The Police?

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Paul Heroux

A lot of President Obama's opponents have said that he is inciting racial tensions with the recent wave of high profile police shootings of young blac...

Secretary Clinton, Join Bernie Sanders & the Democratic Party: Oppose Capital Punishment

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The story of the Democratic primaries is Hillary Clinton's leftward shift. (It remains unclear whether the story's a fiction.) Strangely, a key posit...

Prosecuting Death Penalty Executioners?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.22.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should those imposing the death penalty be prosecuted for grave violations of international humanitarian law? Too many states, from Iran, Saudi Arabia, China to the US, still execute persons, and frequently for crimes that under international law are not considered "most serious crimes."

The Death Penalty Has a Gender Bias

Amanda Oliver | Posted 10.01.2016 | Crime
Amanda Oliver

The truth behind why so many women are not executed may not be terribly "sexy" or interesting, but it is still important.

The Fetishization of Revenge

Eoin Higgins | Posted 05.19.2016 | Crime
Eoin Higgins

Support for the death penalty is support for the government having the power of life and death over its citizenry. It's not a power the people should support, especially when the government in question has as troubled a record with legislative matters of life and death as the United States.

Inventor Of Lethal Injection: 'I Am Ambivalent About The Death Penalty'

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

The man who invented the lethal injection method of execution told The Guardian that miscarriages of justice and botched executions have changed his m...

Execution and the Supreme Court: Right Issue, Wrong Questions

Martin Clancy | Posted 06.28.2015 | Crime
Martin Clancy

At the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, it will once again be a matter of life or death. Specifically, the Justices will be considering a morbid potpourri of death penalty issues arising out of the controversy over the drugs that states use to put people to death.

Here's Why We Need to Kill the Death Penalty

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

There are many reasons that the death penalty, which has been eliminated throughout most of the civilized world and has recently been repealed in six states (including our neighbors New Jersey and Maryland), is an inappropriate punishment.

Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Challenge State's Method Of Execution

Associated Press | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for 21 death row inmates say Oklahoma's bungled execution in April is evidence they likely will experience pain and suf...

Sentencing the Death Sentence to Death

Ash Murthy | Posted 12.31.2014 | Crime
Ash Murthy

The global trend towards abolition of capital punishment is encouraging. It is time the remaining countries, especially democracies like the United States, recognize that the cruel and inhuman punishment is a blot on civilized societies, and sentence the death sentence to death.

Why Is America 50 Years Behind the Times When It Comes to the Death Penalty?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

When execution ended in my country, a shadow faded. Something grim and primitive was gone. There's still violence and murder in England, of course, but its citizens -- including children -- no longer have to be accomplices in the most premeditated of all killings.

Gigi Gordon, Death Row Lawyer: An Admirable Life Ended as It Was Lived

Matthew Chapman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

When life was no longer worth living, she ended it. I see no irony in this. As a tough, intelligent, independent person, she did not want to either lose her mind or be a burden to anyone. She was an admirable woman who lived her convictions.

The Continuing Problems with Lethal Injection

Justin Marceau | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Justin Marceau

Arizona's recent botched execution of Joseph Wood is the latest in a series of horrific events demonstrating that lethal injection is a profoundly flawed method for carrying out capital punishment.

How I Became Interested in the Death Penalty and Why I'm Against It

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.26.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

It is easier to dismiss someone as being "evil" than to face the tangle of social failures that we're all complicit in. It's easier to hate the adult than to ask what made a child grow up wanting oblivion and finding fulfillment in a killing.

The Insanity of the Death Penalty

Howard Falco | Posted 09.06.2014 | Crime
Howard Falco

We have a legal, justice and prison system that takes care of protecting society from those who demonstrate themselves as a threat. We just don't have to go the last step of stepping into vengeance and hatred.

Treating Death Row Inmates like Disposable Guinea Pigs is Unconstitutional

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.16.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

When faced with cruel and unusual crimes, our natural reaction is to demand cruel and unusual punishment. The problem is that even if this sentiment were morally correct, it is legally incorrect.

Simon McCormack

GRAPHIC: How Every Method Of Execution Can Go Terribly Wrong | Simon McCormack | Posted 05.06.2014 | Crime

A botched execution in Oklahoma has renewed debate about the practice of government-sanctioned killings as states ponder an effective way to carry out...

The Death Penalty Must Go

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Until we have a full-proof justice system that treats everyone equally under the law, we cannot falsely believe that everyone executed is in fact guilty. The process itself is cruel and in one of the most modern countries on the planet, there is simply no place for it.

America Is In Poor Company When It Comes To The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.01.2014 | World

The gruesome, botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma Tuesday night has brought renewed focus on some of the grim realities of the death pena...

Jan Diehm

Why It Took 25 Minutes For One Man To Die Of Lethal Injection, And Why It Could Happen Again | Jan Diehm | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime

Opposition to the death penalty is making it more difficult to execute people in America. Major drug companies have stopped selling several lethal inj...

Macrina Cooper-White

Here's The Scary Truth About Science & The Death Penalty | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science

A recent pair of botched executions has renewed the debate over lethal injection and whether it's actually less inhumane than other methods used to ex...

The Death Penalty Is the Tip of an Iceberg of Injustice

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.

The Truth About The Death Penalty ... And What You Can Do About It

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact

Currently, 32 states use the death penalty, but does it really accomplish its intended purpose? Though a majority of Americans -- 55 percent -- su...

Ex-California Governors Back Plan To Speed Up Executions

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

More than 700 California inmates are sitting on a death row that hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006, according to the San Jose Mercury News....

Suspended March to the Gallows

Philippa Greer | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Philippa Greer

Whether or not one believes that the Death Penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights, systemic fair trials violations, and the routine inhumane treatment of prisoners within the Pakistani justice system, inevitably places the country in breach of its international obligations...