Death Penalty, Prisoners and People at Risk, USA | Posted by: Brian Evans, March 28, 2012
The death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)
I’ve written before about how the death penalty degrades everything it touches, and in the words of Thomas Paine, “leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws.” Doctors and other medical professionals complicit in the act of execution violate the Hippocratic oath to “do no harm.” Drug companies are unwillingly dragged into the business of killing, rather than healing. And now, a recent court ruling exposes how the the FDA, whose stated mission is to keep us safe from bad food and drugs, has abandoned its mandate in order to facilitate state executions.
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On this same Amnesty Blogsite find this one:
The Death Penalty In 2011: Three Things You Should Know
Death Penalty, Prisoners and People at Risk, USA | Posted by: Brian Evans, March 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Every year around this time, Amnesty International releases its annual survey of capital punishment worldwide.
As in previous years, the report – Death Sentences and Execution 2011 – shows that support for executions continued to diminish, and that the U.S. is in the wrong company but moving in the right direction. There are three main takeaways from this years report.
1. Globally, the use of the death penalty remained in decline. At the end of 2011 there were 140 countries considered abolitionist in law or practice (it’s now 141 with the addition of Mongolia), while only 20 countries were known to have put prisoners to death. Only in the tumultuous Middle East was there an increase in executions.
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This site is a good one to bookmark, pass on & save:
blog.amnestyusa.org or click here