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DEATH PENALTY STRUCK DOWN IN CONNECTICUT

MY COMMENT: Murdering someone who has murdered somebody else is a contradiction in values. It really doesn’t matter if it has deterrent value, or if people are convicted who didn’t commit the crime, or if it satisfies the vengeance desires of family, church or state.

If you pass a law that outlaws murder, then the state murders the person who committed the murder, then the state is essentially saying that murdering people is okay as long as it’s the state doing it. If we aspire to live in civilized societies, then those ruling those societies, or those elected to govern those societies, must set the example of civility.

The USA can’t very well protest the cutting off of heads in the Middle East, when Americans put people to death, in different ways, for similar crimes.

Finding new ways to execute people – after botched attempts using the injection method –  will never be the solution to what drives citizens to murder other citizens. It seems easier to simply kill the person who killed others, than to problem-solve and fix the reasons why people are driven to do what they do.

Politicians and law enforcement prefer to lock somebody up and throw away the key, or kill them if need be, to wipe that problem off the face of the planet. Politicians and law enforcement need to start using their brains instead of their power to destroy, if their goal really is a more peaceful society. Prisons need to be places of rehabilitation and not business enterprises or rape chambers.

Our entire penal system needs to move away from the punishment/vengeance definition of justice and move toward easing non-violent criminals back into society where they have an actual chance of success, and treating violent criminals in new and progressive ways.

Being raped every night as part of every person’s prison sentence, when rape is outlawed outside of prison walls, is a contradiction in values. It doesn’t matter if it has deterrent value, or if people are convicted who didn’t commit the crime, or if it satisfies the vengeance desires of family, church or state.

If you pass a law that outlaws rape, then the state rapes the person who committed a crime, any crime, then the state is essentially saying that raping people is okay as long as it’s the state doing it. If the state can’t keep people inside of locked doors safe, then how can the state say that everybody on the outside is safe?

If societies can’t move away from the barbaric methods of the past, then societies have no hope for a better future. There is a way, many ways. Use your brains to figure that out. Slow down, dump the anger and frustration and your brains will find the solutions that are already there. All you have to do is recognize them.

Overhauling the penal system needs to be a foundation of every political candidate’s platform when running for office – any office.


Connecticut Supreme Court says the death penalty is unconstitutional, banning executions for remaining inmates on death row – The Washington Post.

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© 2017 by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight, artist, author, animal-free chef, activist

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