Restorative justice is a system that fundamentally views crime as injury rather than wrong-doing, and justice as healing rather than punishment. Whilst visiting New York, Minneapolis, Hawaii and Texas I've uncovered some remarkable US-based programs that bear this out.
More than three decades after the Supreme Court reversed its stance on capital punishment, conditions on death rows across the country remain nothing short of barbaric.
The stakes are so high -- literally life and death -- and yet the error rate is so high as well. Certainly a factory would be shut down if every ninth or 10th product coming off the assembly line was defective.
We don't have a charming mascot, color or theme. We send books to an underserved and incarcerated population. A lot of people have problems with that. Many believe that prisoners just ought to be punished.
When I was on death row, I saw guys come to prison sane and leave this world insane, talking nonsense on the execution gurney.
The Supreme Court got it right in 1972. The death penalty does violate the Constitution, because it is cruel and unusual punishment. And here's why.
The real question raised by the contemporary death penalty is not whether some convicted killers deserve it -- it's a common human response that they do -- but whether society does.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the former Philadelphia abortionist, has avoided the death penalty with a promise not to appeal his May 13 murder convictions in a Philadelphia courtroom. That's good. The violence of the death penalty is not a way to end violence.
Should Jodi Arias and other convicted murderers be allowed to choose the death penalty? At first glance, the death penalty appears to be the harsher sentence but if Arias prefers death, does life in prison become the harsher sentence?
If the authorities in Mississippi have their way tomorrow, Willie Manning will be strapped to a gurney and injected with chemicals that will paralyze his lungs and stop his heart. It would be nice to know if he were guilty.
Now that the Republicans are calling all of the shots in North Carolina, they have introduced a bill that says that no doctor can be punished for helping the state perform the legal executions.
The death penalty is the tip of the iceberg of an unjust criminal justice system, in which America, the world's largest jailer, throws away its perceived problems as a matter of social policy, rather than invest in people and communities, jobs and education.
In 1999, a French journalist made a bold prediction to me. "Your country will abolish capital punishment in the next 25 years." I thought of our conversation on Friday when I learned that Maryland will ban capital punishment.
In her quiet, forceful, beautiful way, Julie Green is trying to end the death penalty in this country. She paints, on ceramic plates, portraits of death-row inmates' last meal requests
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What will become of Anthony Porter? It is tragic to think that his only bright and shining moment was the day he was no longer condemned to die, a day when the whole world seemed to care about his fate.