Posts Tagged ‘abolition of the death penalty’

The Demise of the Death Penalty in the USA: the Politics of Capital Punishment and the Question of Innocence — Comment

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

The Killing Continues

Since the suspension of the death penalty in Japan in September of 2009, the US is the only developed nation in the world that continues to execute its citizens — but, perhaps, not for long.  The unmasking of the political agenda behind state sanctioned killing during the past 25 years and the growing number of exonerations of prisoners on death row could lead to the final demise of the death penalty in the USA.

Civil executions across the nation were halted temporarily 40 years ago and should never have resumed.  Understanding why the death penalty was restored opens the door for the campaign to permanently abolish capital punishment.

Read the article and comment.

Dismantling the Prisonhouse of Nations: A Socialist Prison Reform Proposal — Comment

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The United States deserves the title, the Prisonhouse of Nations[i] :

 

  • The US is also a world leader in executing its citizens, following only the repressive political regimes of China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in the number of executions in 2008.  The US and Japan are the only states in the developed world that continue to impose capital punishment on their citizens. (http://www.amnesty.org/en/death-penalty)   

            Both of these repressive social practices — mass incarceration and the continuing use of the death penalty — are direct results of the reactionary US prison policies that have been in effect for the last 30 years.  This Socialist Prison Reform Proposal (SPRP) provides a starting point to reverse these trends of political repression and secure justice for working people in the US.

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The entire article, entitled Dismantling the Prisonhouse of Nations: A Socialist Prison Reform Proposal, is available online or as a pdf download at http://combatingglobalization.com.        

 


[i] The phrase “Prisonhouse of Nations” is borrowed from journalist and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal’s latest book, Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners in the U.S.A. (San Francisco: City Light Books, 2009).  For a review of this important book go to http://combatingglobalization.com/articles/jailhouse_lawyers.html