Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Should We Execute People For Crimes Committed Almost a Lifetime Ago?

If we arrest a man in his mid-twenties and execute him, almost a quarter century later, when he reaches mid-life, what should we claim as the reason? Revenge? Justice? Deterrence? Human Sacrifice?

Chris from contexts.org created the graph (left) - compiled from the Capital Punishment, 2008 - Statistical Tables at the Bureau of Justice Statistics - to illustrate the time between arrest, conviction, sentencing, and execution.

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