Criminal Justice: Death for the Death Penalty?

For decades, Western civilization has been edging away from the Biblical in junction of an "eye for an eye." In Britain, the death penalty (hanging) is now close to being abolished. In Europe, it survives only in France (guillotining) and Spain (garroting). Abolition has been slower in the U.S., but with the recent addition of Oregon, Iowa and West Virginia, the number of no-death-penalty states has risen to eleven. Last week the U.S. Bureau of Prisons reported a record low of 15 executions in 1964, compared with a yearly average of 167...

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