Democrats Should Stop Saying Some People Should Die in Prison

Replacing the death penalty with death in prison is not true progress.
Late last week, a clip of an interview from the New York Times with Sen. Elizabeth Warren made the rounds on social media. In it, Warren spelled out her position against the death penalty, citing the evidence of wrongful convictions and racism associated with capital punishment. Then she added: “I think that people who have committed truly heinous crimes should die in prison. I think that is how we give them the maximum, maximum punishment that we can: keep them in prison for all their days.”
Warren’s answer echoes a similar response by Bernie Sanders, who thinks those who commit “horrific” crimes should “spend the rest of their days” in prison. This position is widely accepted as the progressive stance on the death penalty: Nearly every person vying to be the Democratic presidential nominee agrees that life without parole should replace the death penalty.
But answers like Warren’s and Sanders’ represent a continua…

China executes serial killer years after executing innocent man ... for same crime

China, execution
A Hohhot court in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Tuesday carried out a death penalty for a serial killer whose crime already served as the reason for another death sentence several years ago, local prosecution said.

Zhao Zhihong, who has been found guilty of committing nearly two dozen rapes and murders from 1996 to 2005, was sentenced to death in February 2015. 

His crimes also include a murder, for which an innocent man, the first to report to police about the victim, was executed in 1996. 

The innocent man was posthumously exonerated in December 2014. 

The Chinese authorities delivered an official apology to his parents and paid them $330,000 in compensation.

Zhao refused to meet his relatives before his execution, the prosecutor's office said.

China remains the world’s leading country practicing death penalties with thousands executed in the country each year. 

International human rights groups have repeatedly urged Beijing to abolish capital punishment on grounds that death-penalty processes are inhumane and prone to error.

Source: India Blooms News Service, Staff, July 31, 2019

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