Why this Chanukkah should make us anti-death penalty advocates & abolitionists

Excerpts from “Trump Begins The End of His Presidency With String of Rare Federal Executions” (Vanity Fair, Dec. 11, 2020) and “The high rate of executions during Trump’s last weeks in office, explained” (Vox, Dec. 11, 2020)

“The death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment in this country is, Do we deserve to kill?” — Bryan Stevenson

That deterrence theory, the idea that the death penalty prevents crime from happening, has been rigorously studied and decisively disproven so there is actually no public safety benefit.

Excerpt from “On Capital Punishment” by Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine, Sept. 11, 2017.
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Abby Brockman

Abby Brockman

Hospital chaplain, community organizer, writer. Shamelessly laughs at the same jokes over and over and believes there are gateways to holiness everywhere.