Oregon Shows Us The Way

I’ve said many times that I object to the state having the ability to execute its citizens AND that I don’t want it killing citizens in my name. Outgoing Gov. Brown of Oregon commuted all of her state’s 17 death row inmates:

“I have long believed that justice is not advanced by taking a life, and the state should not be in the business of executing people – even if a terrible crime placed them in prison,” Brown said in a statement.

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5 Responses to Oregon Shows Us The Way

  1. What about making the worst criminals (those that take lives) THINK they’re going to die?
    I don’t like the death penalty either BUT there has to be something where we’re just not rewarding murderers with 3 squares and a room.

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    • I wouldn’t call being confined to prison for the rest of their lives a ‘reward’, particularly the kinds of prisons people like that get stuck in.

      The difference to my mind is whether we’re seeking revenge or punishment.

      It’s a thorny issue; a good friend of mine was made a widower with two young kids by a piece of shit junkie armed robber who simply killed everyone at the pizza joint he robbed after being given the money, by forcing them into the walk-in then shooting all of them.

      Richard is a peaceful guy, but he would have tortured that guy to death without a second thought, and honestly I cannot blame him.

      If there was a way to absolutely prove that the person accused did the crime I would be less concerned about it, but in practice we the people have murdered far too many innocent people via the death penalty.

      Your notion to make them think they’re going to die reminds me of an old Deep Space 9 episode where Miles O’Brien was convicted in an alien court to a 20 year sentence that was simulated via memory implants:

      https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Hard_Time_(episode)

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  2. Jimmy T says:

    Our current governor (Brown) should be commended on the bold move. As I understand it, this isn’t her first rodeo…

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