Sunday, November 19, 2006

Death Penalty

I'm against it.

Chilling factoid: public defenders that I know tell me that about 25% to 50% of their clients, were they offered the choice, say they'd rather be executed, instead of being sentenced to life in prison.

Another chilling thought: I've only heard this from public defenders, not from any criminal defense attorneys in private practice.

Anti Death Penalty web sites:
Death Penalty Information Center
Amnesty International: Abolish The Death Penalty

As of this writing, 1 in 8 people on death row in the US has been absolved of the crime they are condemned for:
The Innocence Project

I've been told that this documentary accurately portrays the justice system in the state of Florida:
Murder on a Sunday Morning

Pro Death Penalty web site:
Pro Death Penalty

From the US Dept of Justice:
Bureau of Justice Statistics


John said...

It's all about hope. An LWOP sentence for some is worse than death because then there is no hope of release. It's understandable, really. The only release they can have from prison is to be released from life itself.

hipparchia said...

thanks for the reply.

i've got an awfully strong survival instinct, but then i've got my freedom, too, which i value highly. i don't know which would win out, survival or hopelessnes, if i did lose that freedom. i hope i never have to find out.