Reassessing The Death Penalty

In Baze v. Rees, United States Supreme Court Justice Stevens opined –

The “time for a dispassionate, impartial comparison of the enormous costs that death penalty litigation imposes on society with the benefits that it produces has surely arrived.”

“Our experience during the past three decades has demonstrated that delays in state-sponsored killings ae inescapable and that executing defendants after such delays is unacceptably cruel.  This inevitable cruelty, coupled with the diminished justification for carrying out an execution after the lapse of so much tme, reinforces my opinion that contemporary decisions ‘to retain the death penalty as a part of our law are the product of habit and inattention rather than an acceptable deliberative process.’

Leave a Reply