Two cases of injustice From Texas death row: Two cases of injustice By: Lily Hughes The state of Texas maintains the most active execution chamber in the nation, amid questionable practices and a host of controversial executions. Texas has executed seven people already this year as of May
From basic pros and cons lists to statistics supported cost analysis, the different arguments for or against capital punishment are well documented. But what happens when an innocent person is convicted and sentenced to die for a crime they did not commit?
Even if you think that some people deserve to die, governments make mistakes. Death Penalty Information Center Organization: Witness to Innocence Organization: Despite extensive research on the question, criminologists have been unable to assemble a strong case that capital punishment deters crime.
Death Penalty Information Center Article: List of wrongly executed and posthumously pardoned inmates. Wrongful imprisonment and execution of Carlos DeLuna Inan year-old North Carolina girl was raped and suffocated, her body later found in a soybean field.
Two mentally disabled half-brothers, Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, quickly became targets of the investigation. After hours of interrogation, McCollum and Brown each confessed. They were convicted and sentenced to die. Sounds like well-served justice.
Public officials in North Carolina and across the country praised their death penalty conviction. But here's the problem: McCullom and Brown were innocent. After 30 years on death row, DNA evidence revealed another man, who'd lived near the scene and had a long record of sexual assaults, was the murderer.
He was never investigated during the case. We nearly executed two men for a crime they did not commit.
That shows just how dangerous the death penalty really is. That means having to accept the unacceptable: That can't be undone and we cannot compensate for it the way we can with mistaken imprisonment.For too long, US criminal justice has been based on retribution, with the death penalty set forth as the ultimate punishment.
Not only has this system failed to promote public safety, it results in persistent racial bias. A new paradigm based on restorative justice that can heal communities, especially communities of color, is desperately needed.
Sep 08, · (CNN)-- has been an eventful year for several of America's death row inmates. In Oklahoma, a botched lethal injection preceded a prisoner's death by heart attack. In Ohio, a lethal injection.
Amnesty International campaigns to abolish the death penalty in the USA by focusing on individual cases of injustice, supporting work for death penalty repeal efforts in the states, and educating campuses and communities about the fatally flawed nature of our capital punishment system.
Before Maryland abolished the death penalty, a detailed study showed that the average death penalty case cost $2 million more than a death-eligible case in which prosecutors decided not to pursue the death penalty. Most of the world has rejected the death penalty, . Racial injustice would be the death of the American dream.
— Sean Illing, Vox, "How “America First” ruined the “American dream”," 22 Oct. But the injustice here isn’t that Hipps and Williams escaped the death penalty, even though most of his family members would beg to differ.
In other words, support for the death penalty lacks depth, indicating that the death penalty is an unimportant issue to most people in comparison to other social .