Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Almost 2400 Executed in 2008

With China, four other nations -- Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States -- accounted for 93 percent of the 2,390 executions, according to the Amnesty International's report "Death Sentences and Executions in 2008."


The U.S. should be embarrassed that it continues to be a party to this "axis of evil." While public support continues to decline and New Mexico has abolished this failed public policy, a majority of states still allow this punishment. The tragedy of tragedies is that many states, like Idaho, are still sentencing people to death, but rarely carry out the sentence. Idaho has had one execution in the last 50 years, and that was a "voluntary" execution. Thus inmates are languishing on death row for decades, which despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, is cruel and unusual punishment and a waste of valuable resources.

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