As long as we have the death penalty, we run the risk that the State will take the life of the wrong person. Little offends democracy more than the State killing -- or even almost killing -- an innocent person.
Our adversarial legal process encourages an unenlightened and dispiriting dueling of expert witnesses. In addition, the death penalty has become an anomaly and an embarrassment.
Apart from media coverage about wrongful convictions -- and the multi-million dollar settlements some have won -- little is known about how exonerated prisoners struggle to reenter society and rebuild the lives they lost.
On a Tuesday night in 1999, Clayton Lockett and his accomplices shot 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman and raped her friend. Fifteen years later, again on ...
We should ask if there are ways by which we ought to replace the avenging means of justice with those that are redemptive and restorative.
Yesterday the men on Tennessee's death row, 4 of whom have scheduled execution dates in the near future, invited Governor Haslam, the man who signs the death warrants to join them for prayer.
As an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney, I've been following the new death penalty developments fairly closely. It's probably safe to say that our Death Row hasn't been this shaken up since the state retired the electric chair after the electrocution of James French in 1966.
My name is Kerry Max Cook, but for two decades, I was known as "Cook, Execution number 600."
If someone deliberately killed one of our loved ones, we could (I know I would) very well harbor fantasies of violent revenge. Under these difficult circumstances, that would be a very human thing to do. But it shouldn't be the responsibility of the state to carry out the ultimate penalty for us.
During times of strife, conflict and violence, we turn to the Delbert Tibbses of our world to lead us down a path towards justice and righteousness. They know that winning the war we are fighting will not come through guns or drones, but rather with the forcefulness of our ideas, and the strength of our convictions.
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.