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Getting Rid of the Green Mile

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   Sep 9, 2014 12:00 AM
Leading up to my first day at the RAC, I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the issues I wanted to work on. When our issue selection day finally came, I was thrilled to have the civil rights issue area in my portfolio. I had written my senior thesis about voting rights and been struggling […]

Choosing Life over the Death Penalty  

Fresh Updates from RAC » Death Penalty   |   Jul 29, 2014 12:00 AM
Growing up as a Reform Jew in a liberal, socially active environment in Southern California, I always felt that capital punishment and the death penalty were morally wrong and never the right response to crime. Then, as a Reform Jew in the liberal, socially active environment of Boston University, I was faced with a moral […]

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, […]
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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