New Jersey Challenges Capital Punishment

6 01 2007

The New York Times is reporting that:

A legislative commission recommended on Tuesday that New Jersey become the first state to abolish the death penalty since states began reinstating their capital punishment laws 35 years ago. Its report found “no compelling evidence” that capital punishment serves a legitimate purpose, and increasing evidence that it “is inconsistent with evolving standards of decency.”

Which got me thinking about capital punishment – I found this tidbit on the Amnesty International website:

As in previous years, the vast majority of executions worldwide were carried out in a tiny handful of countries. In 2005, 94 per cent of all known executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA.

I don’t know why we’re having all these problems with Iran recently – it seems like we’ve got a lot in common – we both love our nukes, oil, and murder!

The panel that is looking at the case in New Jersey has recommended life without parole in lieu of the death penalty. I for one feel that being put to death is a merciful alternative to life without parole. But I guess some people have some sort of attachment to, you know, life.

I was pro death penalty until I realized how corrupt and/or inept the system was.  It’s a complicated issue – but I think New Jersey is taking a step in the right direction.

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