Even when a defendant is well defended, properly tried and justly found guilty, experience shows that capital punishment simply doesn’t work as a deterrent.
Nor does it heal or redress any wounds, because only forgiveness can do that. It does succeed, though, in answering violence with violence — a violence wrapped in the piety of state approval, which implicates all of us as citizens in the taking of more lives.
Turning away from capital punishment does not diminish our support for the families of murder victims. They bear a terrible burden of grief, and they rightly demand justice.
Real murderers deserve punishment; but even properly tried and justly convicted murderers — men and...READ MORE