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Cruel and Unusual Punishment? Not on Our Watch

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   May 12, 2014 12:00 AM
By Rabbi Yair Robinson Clayton Lockett went to his death knowing it was inevitable, an act of vengeance for the brutal murder of Stephanie Neiman in 1999.He had no final words before they filled his bloodstream with poison. Nothing to say about how they shot and buried Stephanie alive, nothing to say to her family, […]

Oklahoma Botches Execution: What’s Going On?

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   May 1, 2014 12:00 AM
Last night, the state of Oklahoma effectively tortured one of its prisoners to death, after weeks of legal back-and-forth between the state’s courts about the legality of the execution. Clayton Lockett’s execution was halted after it was clear that the lethal injection procedure was botched, but he suffered significantly and ultimately died as a result […]

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 […]
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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