"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Executions Continue to Be Very Rarely Carried Out in US

We're on pace in the US to execute more criminals this year than last year, something that hasn't happened in a decade.

Yet in absolute terms, we're still executing very rarely.

In 2015, the last year for which we have complete statistics, there were 15,696 murders in the US

While executions will likely rise slightly in 2017, the murder rate will likely rise significantly as well, following a tragic upward trajectory in the last few years.

Of interest to those who believe executions should be "rare," I can report that in 2015, again, the last year for which we have complete numbers for murders, we executed in only 0.17 percent of murder cases.

In other words, executions were carried out in a tiny, under two-tenths of one percent of murder cases. Our problem in this country doesn't seems to be out of control, indiscriminate use of the death penalty, but the devastating contempt for life expressed in the enormous number of murders committed by criminals who seem not to fear serious punishment.

Seems like death penalty occurrence is "rare, if not non-existent" to me.

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