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Abolish the Federal Death Penalty

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Abolish the Federal Death Penalty

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08/13/2019 Ryan McMaken

After almost twenty years without an execution, the Federal penal system has decided to proceed with a number of executions. NPR reported last month:

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has instructed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to change the federal execution protocol to include capital punishment, the Justice Department said.

Barr also asked the prisons bureau to schedule the executions of five inmates who have been found guilty of murder. According to the DOJ, the victims in each case included children and the elderly. In some of the cases, the convicted murderers also tortured and raped their victims.

Is the Death Penalty Ever Warranted?

I am not an anti-death-penalty absolutist. That is, in some cases where the testimony and physical evidence is overwhelming — and the crimes are particularly heinous — the death penalty could be warranted, at least in theory.

But given police corruption, incompetent prosecutors, and an over-reliance on circumstantial evidence in court, a great many death-penalty cases are built on a pretty shaky foundation. Moreover, it is extremely likely thatinnocent people have been executed in the United States whether through errors, or through outright fraud on the part of government officials.  :snip: https://mises.org/wire/abolish-federal-death-penalty

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