|Resources for Those Researching
the Death Penalty In Arizona
|...our tax dollars are used to pay a state employee to kill someone
through lethal injection,
why don’t we hire and pay a state employee to sexually penetrate
a male or female who was convicted of rape?
Savage, you say? Barbaric, you say? Uncivilized, you say?
Exactly, I say — just as savage and as barbaric
and as uncivilized as the death penalty
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|The risk of executing innocent persons is a decisive objection
to the institution of capital punishment in the United States.
Consequentialist arguments for the death penalty are inconclusive at best;
the strongest justification is a retributive one.
However, this argument is seriously undercut if a significant risk of executing the innocent exists.
Any criminal justice system carries the risk of punishing innocent persons,
but the punishment of death is unique and requires greater precautions.
Retributive justifications for the death penalty are grounded in respect for innocent victims of homicide;
but accepting serious risks of mistaken executions
demonstrates disrespect for innocent human life.
Elizabeth A. Linehan