30 states have executed no one in the last five years, points out a fine editorial in today's New York Times
. The Times goes on to say. . .
"As it becomes less frequent, the death penalty also becomes more limited to an extremely small slice of the country, and therefore all the more arbitrary in its application. All 80 death sentences in 2013 came from only about 2 percent of counties in the entire country, and all 39 executions — more than half occurred in Texas and Florida — took place in about 1 percent of all counties, according to a new report
by the Death Penalty Information Center. Eighty-five percent of all counties have not had a single execution in more than 45 years."
The death penalty is well known to be geographically, racially and financially biased, with irreversible consequences. DNA testing has exonerated many on death row, leading to the inevitable conclusion that we've killed many innocents over the years.
On June 19, 1953 an eight-year-old boy was watching a ballgame with his grandpa. They interrupted the game to say that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg had just been executed. The boy asked his grandfather to explain. After hearing and understanding what had transpired, the boy said, "That's wrong."
The boy was me, and it's still wrong, always was, always will be.
I've never understood how so many who claim to be "pro-life" embrace and favor the death penalty, especially in the few states that practice it so vigorously.
The full editorial is well worth reading.