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View Diary: Vote Yes on California Proposition 34: Death Penalty (6 comments)

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  •  It arouses my passions (7+ / 0-)

    Here's a list of the states that don't have the death penalty with the year the state decided to stop using it:

    Alaska (1957)
    Connecticut (2012)
    Hawaii (1957)
    Illinois (2011)
    Iowa (1965)
    Maine (1887)
    Massachusetts (1984)
    Michigan (1846)    
    Minnesota (1911)
    New Jersey (2007)
    New Mexico (2009)
    New York (2007)
    North Dakota (1973)
    Rhode Island (1984)
    Vermont (1964)    
    West Virginia (1965)
    Wisconsin (1853)
    Dist. of Columbia (1981)

    Note that Michigan and Wisconsin both decided not to execute people before the Civil War. Illinois decided to stop executing people after an investigation showed that the state had executed some innocent people.

    A number of Supreme Court decisions have invoked the Eighth Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment for some people and some cases: if the victim didn't die, for instance, or if the murderer was under 18, insane or mentally challenged.

    California, for all intents and purposes, is using life in prison without parole as its ultimate punishment already. Vote yes on 34. It saves money, but it's also the right thing to do.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent, and we are all Wisconsin.

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 10:20:54 PM PDT

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