A Cruel and Unusual Punishment

This was originally aired on June 23, 2007. It is a segment from CNN Saturday Night. Rick Sanchez explores the reasons behind the wide disparity in the number of women vs. men given the death penalty in the United States.

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Punishment is supposed to be for the protection of society, and for the reformation of the wrongdoer. It purports to protect society by preventing the same criminals from repeating their crimes, and by acting as a deterrent to other prospective criminals.

Capital punishment is a notorious failure in these respects. It does indeed remove the particular / alleged culprit from the possibility of repeating their crime (or alleged crime); therefore, but is an implicitly irreversible deed.

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One Comment

  1. This wicked form of ‘punishment’ should be eradicated – this is not the middle ages or the mid west.

    Proportionately, more young black men are killed by this barbaric system…. is this just modern day lynching!?

    STOP IT NOW…………