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    If a comparative study of crimes and punishments is a good way to look at this.

    The death penalty is a savage form of revenge against someone found guilty of a crime. Revenge is not the entirety of justice. In fact, I would say that the more a sentence reflects motives of revenge, the less likely it is to be just.

    More broadly, it works against the social health of a community and probably prevents victims from attaining closure on their experience. It might briefly satisfy a bloodlust, but then what?

    Christ instructed us to turn the other cheek.

    More pragmatic instincts for governance have a lot of different options for handling people guilty of terrible crimes -- removing them from the general population, reforming them ...

    Finally, our Constitution forbids "cruel and unusual" punishment. What punishment could be more cruel?

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:03:51 PM PDT

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