Author, Italian MP Marazziti to speak in Bay Area

Apr 14, 2015 692

Nation-states and communities throughout the world have reached certain decisions about capital punishment: It is the destruction of human life. It is ineffective as a deterrent for crime. It is an instrument the state uses to contain or eliminate its political adversaries. It is a tool of "justice" that disproportionality affects religious, social, and racial minorities. It is a sanction that cannot be fixed if unjustly applied.

In the past decade 141 of the world's 192 countries have abolished or ceased to use capital punishment. Some have outlawed the death penalty for the first time; others, having outlawed it decades ago, have taken resolutions never to adopt it in the future. Yet the United States—along with countries notorious for human rights abuse—remains an advocate for the death penalty.

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