Capital Punishment Quotes

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.-Lenny Bruce


Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life.-Albert Camus


The gallows were used to punish criminals, for instance the pharoahs would chop off people's heads and impale their bodies on poles for birds to eat and the Bible says that one of the reasons Jesus came was so that would not happen anymore because he lifted some sort of curse.-James Dye


The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.- Bertrand Russell


The sentence of the first murderer was pronounced by the Supreme Judge of the universe. Was it death? No, it was life. A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth; and Whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The law which attempts a man's life is impractical, unjust, inadmissible. It has never repressed crime -- for a second crime is every day committed at the foot of the scaffold.- Marquis De Sade


Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn't do the hangman's job.- George Orwell


Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.- Henry Ford


The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.-Emma Goldman


If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well.-Helen Prejean


What says the law? You will not kill. How does it say it? By killing! . -Victor Hugo


To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice. -Desmond Tutu


The profound moral question is not, Do they deserve to die? but Do we deserve to kill them?. -Helen Prejean


Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders. -Albert Camus


It's just really tragic after all the horrors of the last 1,000 years we can't leave behind something as primitive as government sponsored execution. -Russ Feingold


For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. -ALBERT CAMUS


To assert, in any case, that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no one in his right mind would believe this today. -Robert Camus


Capital punishment is not going to do anything for murder victims. If there's anything I've learned from my daughter's murder, that's it. -Dorris Mote


I tell myself that I had simply better accept the fact that the death penalty is here to stay in our society, at least for a while, and there is nothing I can do about it. Maybe, in time- after how many executions? - people will come to realize the futility of randomly selecting a few people to die each year. -Helen Prejean


Money and influence decide who is considered for a parole hearing, what the decision is likely to be and what the Governor's decision is likely to be. It is that, not your behavior in prison that decides your release. -Helen Prejean


Forgiving violence does not mean condoning violence. There are only two alternatives to forgiving violence: revenge, or adopting an attitude of never-ending bitterness and anger. For too long we have treated violence with violence, and that's why it never ends. -Coretta Scott King


We ourselves must no presume to shorten the life of any human being. That would be no less than a crime against God. If we believe that death is the last enemy, then we shall not offer him our hand to serve him by killing men. -Eberhard Arnold


It should be clear that the death penalty does just the opposite of promoting decency and respect for life. It dehumanizes people and promotes murder. It can never be applied fairly. -John Morrison


I have never heard a murderer say they thought about the death penalty as consequence of their actions prior to committing their crimes. -Gregory Ruff


A humane and generous concern for every individual, his health and his fulfillment, will do more to soothe the savage heart than the fear of state-inflicted death, which chiefly serves to remind us how close we remain to the jungle. - Ramsey Clark


It can be argued that rapists deserve to be raped, that mutilators deserve to be mutilated. Most societies, however, refrain from responding in this way because the punishment is not only degrading to those on whom it is imposed, but it is also degrading to the society that engages in the same behavior as the criminals - Stephen Bright


The reality is that capital punishment in America is a lottery. It is a punishment that is shaped by the constraints of poverty, race, geography and local politics - Bryan Stevenson

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