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Capital Punishment • Death Penalty
"But we will not solve (the crime) by catering to irrational, barbaric, quick-fix ideas. Instead, the authorities must look at the research and take a long-term view so that the Government can institute pro-active and preventative solutions, rather than implement emotionally-charged band-aid measures."
This move by the Government to start hangings seems to be nothing less than a cynical ploy to play on citizens' fears, while avoiding the hard and patient work needed to control criminal activity. Were this not the case, we would have thought that, before taking a decision of such magnitude, the Government would have debated the issue in Parliament. By bypassing a serious discussion of the decision to kill convicted killers, the Manning administration is showing that it prefers blood to brains.
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"Many political leaders in the Caribbean opposed the death penalty before their election, and some of them still do in private, while advocating it in public," Amnesty International noted, referring to recent statements by Jamaica's Attorney General that he does not believe in judicial killing.
At a time when countries around the world are increasingly turning their backs on the use of the death penalty, Amnesty International today renewed its call on the English-speaking Caribbean countries to finally rid themselves of this cruel legacy of their colonial past. Against the backdrop of the debate stirred by a recent Privy Council ruling that mandatory death penalty is unconstitutional, the organization is releasing today a report on the death penalty in the region.
"The death penalty is no more effective a deterrent than life imprisonment... It is also evident that the burden of capital punishment falls upon the poor, the ignorant and the underprivileged members of society." - United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Each year since 1976, three more countries a year have added their names to the list of countries that have abolished the death penalty. A majority of nations have ended capital punishment in law or practice. The United Nations Human Rights Commission has passed a resolution calling for all nations that continue to execute to restrict the number of offenses for which the death penalty may be imposed and to suspend executions with a view toward abolishing the death penalty.
Death Penalty Focus believes that families of murder victims would benefit far more if the funds now being used for the costly process of executions were diverted to the provision of counseling and other assistance for the family.
"From a purely analytical perspective, the death penalty might be justifiable if it deterred crime and saved lives, or if it resulted in a reduction in State costs. Studies have shown that it does neither of these things. The death penalty, therefore, can only be viewed as an institutional expression of revenge and retribution. Rather than focusing on the offender, it must be asked what the death penalty says about us as a society. Our nation cannot afford the death penalty; the cost, both morally and financially, is too high. We say, not in our name."
If we were a loving and generous society, one that respected children in all their great diversity, one that offered real equal opportunity, liberty and justice for all, our son JoJo would be here living a hopeful, loving and generous life. And so would the young man who killed him.