Sant´Egidio: City Council of West Hollywood as the join CitiesforLife to abolish the death penalty (Twitter)
- “Death penalty `patently unfair´: Sandusky Register (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- “Pope seeks end to death penalty” (sentencing.typepad.com)
- Tweet, Tweet! #Microblog (jennadoesitall1.wordpress.com)
- Poll: 60 Percent Of Americans Favor Death Penalty (washington.cbslocal.com)
- NHRC, lawyers want death penalty abolished in Nigeria (vanguardngr.com)
- Zimbabwe government urged to clarify death penalty issue (newsday.co.zw)
- EU calls for abolishing death penalty (thedailystar.net)
- Pro-con: Should U.S. Supreme Court set mental capacity standards for people facing the death penalty (victoriaadvocate.com)
- West Hollywood Starts Voting For Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- A memory of a warden who did the right thing. (acwip.wordpress.com)
2013/3/12 Peacebuilders with Justice of Florida <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Brothers and Sisters,
Those of us on this path see the injustice of the legal system that sends so many to Death Row and later realizes it failed to prove its case. The failure is seen in the number of exonerations. Florida as more failures than any other state. People’s lives are taken whether by years in prison or the killing chamber.
We want to educate people because when people know the truth about the system, they will see the need to halt the death penalty until it has been studied. Many are working for this cause: here are some good people you might know who have worked to halt Florida’s executions. Joe Durocher was Public Defender for Orange County for 25 years. Rita Lucey, Miguel Rodriguez, Adele Azar-Rucqois and many others, more than 1000 others in fact have signed the petition.
But the man who knows the most is Mark Eliot who has devoted years of his life putting together the facts. To see details about the system, go to Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. There you will see statistics on race, the impact on families of the victims and on the families of the person accused of the crime. You can compare costs between life in prison and execution. You’ll find this and many other details at
Then read our petition and stand with us. Send the petition to all your friends and colleagues, co-workers and neighbors. Encourage them not just to sign but to pass it on.
Here’s the link:
Blessings on us all–
Penny Villegas and friends
- Attention increases on Colorado governor Hickenlooper over death penalty (denverpost.com)
- Fla. Senate panel considers death penalty changes (sfgate.com)
- circle of hope: DP in florida (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- TALLAHASSEE: Execution of murderer raises new questions about the death penalty in Florida – Florida – MiamiHerald.com (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- FADP Update: Pauls Howell Execution scheduled for Febr. 26th: PETITION!!! (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- Examining the high costs of administering capital punishment in Florida (sentencing.typepad.com)
- “Muted Message: Capital Punishment in the Hollywood Cinema” (sentencing.typepad.com)
- Malawi hangman hired to kill 76 Zimbabweans on death row (nyasatimes.com)
- “How Crazy Is Too Crazy to Be Executed?” (sentencing.typepad.com)
- “How Crazy is too Crazy to be Executed?” (I prefer to say: Mentally ill … not “crazy”) (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
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- Now is the Time for Maryland to Kill its Death Machine (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- Death penalty must be repealed, says Tim Masters (denverpost.com)
- The Ultimate Debate: Gov. O’Malley Fronts Push To Repeal Md. Death Penalty (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- Why Showing Up For Death Penalty Repeal Matters (amnestyusa.org)
- Maryland Death Penalty Repeal Update…Petition (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- Judge keeps death penalty at play in Erie stabbing (goerie.com)
- Gov. O’Malley to Testify, Push for Repeal of Death Penalty (washington.cbslocal.com)
- CIRCLE of HOPE: pending executions 2013 (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- circle of hope: DP in florida (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
New efforts under way to abolish death penalty in Washington http://www.komonews.com/news/local/New-efforts-under-way-to-abolish-death-penalty-in-Washington-181464381.html
- UN chief welcomes record vote on death penalty moratorium (caribbean360.com)
- UN majority calls to end Death penalty (thefreeonline.wordpress.com)
- Opponents launch new effort to abolish death penalty (mynorthwest.com)
- The new resolution, inter alia, calls on all States to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. (womeninjail.wordpress.com)
- ‘80%’ approval of death penalty hit (japantimes.co.jp)
- Oregon Legislator Prepares Death-Penalty Repeal-Bill, as Anniversary of Execution Moratorium Approache (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- The fight against the death penalty gains ground (africanpress.me)
- Tonight special event at Colosseum to inaugurate the 10th International day of Cities against the death penalty (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- The new resolution, inter alia, calls on all States to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
California‘s Death Penalty Vote: It’s Time to Reconsider “Justice”
Such a small margin suggests that voters may be inching closer to abolishing capital punishment in the state. Advocates ran a well-coordinated, anti-death penalty campaign that offered compelling moral, legal and fiscal arguments that did not take hold of the electorate. So why did the majority vote to keep the death penalty?
Some commentators have noted that voters’ decision to keep the death penalty was based more on their conception of “justice” than these other arguments. They suggest that the vote indicates a belief that “justice” for a murder victim can be only achieved when the murderer’s life is taken away — an “eye for an eye.”
The notion that justice for a crime equals the most extreme punishment is a commonly held conviction in the United States. For example, when President Obama pledged that “justice will be done” in response to the recent attacks on the U.S. Mission in Libya, the automatic assumption was that he meant that those deemed responsible would be killed.
Unfortunately, public and media discussions of crime ignore the widespread and devastating effects of crime — including the actual crime and the punishment itself — on society beyond the victim and the perpetrator. Such a discourse cultivates a narrow conception of justice that ignores the societal reverberations and total human costs of policies like the death penalty and mass incarceration.
For example, in our country there are countless families broken with loved ones sitting in prison cells and on death row. Many of these prisoners have serious mental illnesses, which may have contributed to their crimes, yet continue to suffer without adequate treatment. Other prisoners continue to endure untreated psychological trauma, themselves victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
The current criminal justice system does not recognize or take into account the stories of these individuals beyond the crime. As a result, their suffering becomes invisible.
A complete concept of justice should more fully consider and understand the suffering of all those affected by crime. Justice should not be narrow, but expansive. It should consider all the contributing factors and consequences of crime and violence. It should go beyond simple reactionary instincts to punish, but instead focus on shared humanity and shared suffering. Justice should never be satisfied with incomplete narratives about crime that lead to harsh punishment, but should instead always strive toward fairness, equality and inclusion.
Those seeking to reform the criminal justice system should work to educate the public about the stories of all those who suffer at the hands of the criminal justice system. The public, the media and lawmakers can then begin to understand the effects of the instinct to see justice as simply punishment. These stories will reshape the concept of justice.
The vote in California to keep the death penalty — and other unsuccessful efforts to reform the broken criminal justice system — provides an opportunity to reflect on how the country can reconsider its collective understanding of justice.
Gabriel Daniel Solis is a Research Associate in the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.
- Damon Thibodeaux, Being on Death Row Since October 1997: Innocent & Now Free! (incaseofinnocence.wordpress.com)
- In less than 4 weeks CALIFORNIA WILL VOTE on PROP.34, which WOULD END THE STATE´S DEATH PENALTY! (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
- California Voters May Reject Death Penalty in Favor of Life Without Parole (andrewhammel.typepad.com)
- Prop 34 fails but signals the imminent demise of California’s death penalty | David A Love (guardian.co.uk)
- Effects of change in California criminal justice system difficult to discern (sacbee.com)