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Reform Movement on the Launch ofthe 90 Million Strong Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   Dec 9, 2014 12:00 AM
Earlier today at a press conference at the National Press Club, the 90 Million Strong Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty was launched. Barbara Weinstein, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism spoke on behalf of the Reform Movement, which has long advocated for the abolition of the death penalty and reform […]

RAC Submits Testimony for Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   Dec 8, 2014 12:00 AM
Tomorrow, Senator Durbin is holding a final hearing for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. The Senator’s goal for the hearing is to assess what has been accomplished in recent years and what still needs to be done on key civil and human rights issues. The RAC has submitted […]

Nevada Audit Shows Death Penalty Is Not Cost Effective

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM
According to a state audit, murder cases in Nevada in which prosecutors seek the death penalty can cost nearly twice as much as those that seek a lesser punishment. The Nevada Legislature just released a 105 page audit focusing on the cost of death penalty and non-death penalty murder cases in two counties between 2000-2012. […]
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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