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New Hampshire Debates Death Penalty Repeal

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   Mar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Will New Hampshire be the next state to repeal the death penalty? Last Wednesday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to repeal the death penalty by an overwhelming 225-104 vote. The repeal bill now heads to the state Senate, where passage is somewhat less certain, and then to Governor Maggie Hassan, who has pledged […]

Capital Punishment on Purim?

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   Mar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
Purim, on the one hand, is an easy holiday to love. There are costumes, hamentashen, a fun story and songs; we are obligated to have a good time. On the other hand, Purim is also controversial—and one such area worth highlighting is the role of capital punishment in the Purim narrative. Since the era of […]

Capital Punishment: New Drugs, New Questions

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
The death penalty is back in the news with increasing frequency —and there is, in fact, a reason. See if you can piece this together: In Ohio, it took Dennis B. McGuire 25 excruciatingly painful minutes, from the time he was injected with fatal drugs to the time he was declared dead. The state used […]
There are many legislative elements to the Death Penalty. Read on to learn more.
The United States Supreme Court's decision in 1972's Furman v. Georgia held that the death penalty violated the 8th Amendment's prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishment."
How the concepts of restitution and deterrence relate to capital punishment.
The moratorium movement began in 1997, when the American Bar Association (ABA) called on each jurisdiction that imposes the death penalty to suspend it until the risk of executing innocent persons is minimized. The abolition movement began when New Jersey lawmakers abolished the death penalty in 2007.
There are patterns of racial discrimination in death penalty cases.
Biblical law mandates the death penalty for 36 offenses. The Reform Movement, however, has followed rabbinic interpretations that effectively abolished the death penalty centuries ago.

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