Congregation of the Condemned: Voices against the Death Penalty

Congregation of the Condemned: Voices against the Death Penalty

Congregation of the Condemned: Voices against the Death Penalty

Congregation of the Condemned: Voices against the Death Penalty

Synopsis

Justice in America is dealt out not blindly, but selectively. "People have been sentenced to death not because they have been found to be uncontrollably violent but because they were hopelessly poor.... They are the losers in an arbitrary lottery", says the author.

Other contributors include Senator Edward Kennedy, Mike Farrell, Mario Cuomo, Hugo Bedau, Tom Wicker, Peter Gabriel, Watt Espy, Coretta Scott King, and many others.

Excerpt

In 1978, my oldest son, Jeff Dicks, found himself in trouble with the law. He turned himself in to authorities and gave a statement about a crime that he had knowledge of but had taken no part in. We never got an attorney for him; he just told the truth in a statement to detectives. The case came to trial, and in the end he was given the death penalty along with the boy who committed the crime.

I couldn't believe that this could happen in the United States, and so I began to research the death penalty by talking to the experts on the subject. It was only then that I became interested in capital punishment. I had never before considered the death sentence or given those who were on death row any thought. I figure that's the way of everyone. Unless it happens to you, or a loved one, you don't think about the death penalty or the innocent people who are being killed in the name of justice.

The purpose of this book is to inform the public about how the death sentence is given and perhaps bring about a change in attitude regarding capital punishment. The death penalty, because it involves the deliberate taking of a human life, has always been an important issue. People have committed murder since Cain and Abel, but that doesn't mean they are inhuman. I believe they are still the children of God.

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