Monday, January 19, 2009

1138 executions since 1976

In the United States there have been "only" 1138 executions since 1976.


Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, about 7,000 people have been sentenced to die. But that's only about 2 percent of convicted killers.

The system needs national attention and direction. If we are going to have a death penalty, and I think we should, it should be done correctly and to the most effect.

We need to ensure:

the right persons are being convicted.
every person has equal rights before the law both victims,defendants, and witnesses.
our public policy increases public safety.

The death penalty process needs to be severely curtailed. There needs to be less and quicker appeals. This can be done by mandating top lawyers for the defendants and paying them what they are worth.

Also, we need to charge people in a systematic way so that it is clear to thinking minded people that if you commit the heinous crime of intentionaly taking another life, you are ending your own life.

Many think the death penalty isn't a deterrent to future crime. Perhaps that's true today with the sporadic use. But if done correctly, there isn't any way it won't prevent future crime.

Democrats who say they support the death penalty need to actually support a system that is fair and works for everyone.

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