Previously published in Examiner
Part 6 of the Capital Punishment series
Mental health of the families of the individuals on death row
Imagine the families trying desperately to free their innocent from the claws of the executioner and the law. Imagine all those years of torment and agony and the many appeals or stays of execution that torment their minds and make them physically ill as well? Then when they think it is all over and done with the truth is revealed and they find they were right all along, their loved one did not commit the murder he/she was convicted of. Image opening up that wound again? It is almost like a double punishment.
Canada abolished capital punishment except for officers of the law, on July 14, 1976 because of the grave possibility of executing an innocent person. The last actual hangings occurred in Toronto’s Don Jail, on December 11 1962, when Ronald Turpin, 29 who murdered a police officer, and Arthur Lucas, 54, who killed an FBI agent were executed by hanging.
Very few Montrealers are in favour of the death penalty. We agree with our federal law.
Is capital punishment a deterrent for committing murder?
Another argument that supporters put forth for capital punishment is that it is a deterrent for committing murder. People would stop and think that they would lose their lives if they committed murder these advocates believe. All this Montreal examiner has to say is what Dr. Phil says, ” how is that working for you?” The truth of the matter is, murder has not gone down because of the death penalty. It is still committed every day in American.” As of 1997, more than 3,200 persons are on death row in thirty-four states (thirty-eight states have capital punishment statutes, but four of them have not imposed sentences). All of these prisoners have been convicted of murder; 98 percent are men.” Furthermore, the USA is the only Western democracy that allows capital punishment. See references below.
Demographics continued in the following article