[quote=“leocor, post:50, topic:501431, full:true”]
I fail to see where the letter addressed the racism or disenfranchisement of minorities in enforcing the death penalty. While a nice argument, that is not what the letter addressed.
The letter is reflecting the movement away from the death penalty that has already happened in the world over the last century. That movement is a response to the unjustness of the death penalty in those countries.
Are you advocating for expanding the death penalty to all crimes? The fact is that prisoner and staff safety is premium in the maximum security units.
Not at all, and nowhere did I imply such a thing. The fact that prisons contain maximum security standards does not make void the fact the inmates have been able to break those standards and cause great bodily harm and death to others, many times in today’s world. My objections are absolutely based on reality. Do you not know of any instances of inmates killing others in prison? Or harming others? Or breaking out of prison? If you don’t, I suggest you google it. There are bound to show up hundreds of such results.
Those crimes and murders committed in prison are not by maximum security prisoners. The statistics are made up of general population prisoners. The general population prisoners involved in these incidences are in there for all sorts of crimes. How do you propose to catch those prisoners by the death penalty when they are convicted? You’d need a crystal ball to know which criminal was going to go on to commit crime inside.
And yet these countries more than most recognise the inhumanity of the death penalty in politically unstable environments where it has been used based more on the ‘crime’ of political affiliation, prejudice, racism, bias, than for indiscriminate justice. It would be pure insanity to reinstate the death penalty in that sort of environment.
The fact that the most violent and most often repeated crimes, and the highest rate of crime, happens in these countries where the death penalty has not been in place for several decades now, shows that eliminating the death penalty in fact has had no significant effect in containing and restricting further crime. So the basis that it should be eliminated because alternatives exist that can better handle these criminals is historically and factually false.
You seem to know little of South American history. Catholics around the world became familiar with it when 25 Mexican martyrs were canonised by the Church in May 2000. It references Mexican Priests executed for carrying out their ministry disobeying their suppression under the anti-clerical laws of Plutarco Elías Calles after the revolution in the 1920s.
Do you consider those men worthy of state execution? Don’t you recognise how unjust the death penalty is when prejudice, racism or bias are in any way a factor? Mexicans don’t want the death penalty in that environment.