Brutally slashing public service jobs in the execution sector

The Governor of the US state of Oregon declares he will not execute any more prisoners:

The change of heart comes as a surprise for a governor who twice before — in his first term as governor — allowed executions to go forward. Despite his personal opposition to the death penalty, Kitzhaber said he was upholding the will of the people in allowing the 1996 execution of Douglas Franklin Wright and the 1997 execution of Harry Charles Moore.

“I have regretted those choices ever since,” he said in a prepared statement. “Both because of my own deep personal convictions about capital punishment and also because in practice, Oregon has an expensive and unworkable system that fails to meet basic standards of justice.”

The announcement is a win for death penalty activists who had asked Kitzhaber to declare a moratorium on executions until the state conducts a thorough review of its death penalty system.

Kitzhaber said his decision is not out of compassion for Haugen or other inmates. But the death penalty is not handed down fairly — some inmates on death row have committed similar crimes as those who are serving life sentences, he said. It is a criticism Haugen himself has often made and cites as a reason that he has volunteered to die, protesting the unfairness of the death penalty.

But without the killings by the occasionally reliable state, how will the victims of terrible murders be brought back to life and the wrongs committed by serious criminals be undone? How will the victims’ families get to feel the brief satisfaction of enjoying another person’s death? What about the jobs of the hardworking executioners?

A sad end to a beautiful bloodthirsty tradition.

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One response to “Brutally slashing public service jobs in the execution sector

  1. jordanrastrick

    Cmon Jeremy. ALP conference. Uranium Mining! Gay Marriage! We might see some more interesting “sound and fury” here too, if you make a post – SB and countertrolling one another 65 times on Received Dogma (such as Unions good/evil) gets pretty tiresome after a point. That much I think we can all agree on.

    Some ideas:

    Penbo on the tactical wisdom of the Left and Moderates rolling Labor Right on gay marriage.

    Bruce Hawker, of all people, writing really interestingly about a Greens / Liberal agenda alignment: upcoming changes to donation laws in NSW

    Further Questions it doesn’t delve into: Will Barry O’Farrell also stop the owners of News Ltd or Google or Fairfax or Twitter from “spending” potential revenues by using their communications platforms to promote political agendas? If so, how, without much stronger restrictions on “Press” Freedom than even the Greens would propose? Why are left wing opponents of Citizens United in the States (and their sympathisers here) so fixated on things like oil companies buying political support of the Republicans, when Rupert Murdoch openly donates far more “in-kind” propaganda than ExxonMobil could ever hope to buy at market rates? How are they going to break the manifestation of capitalist power that is Fox News, without screwing over the First Amendment? Keep in mind a Sole Proprietor could in theory own just as many newspapers and TV stations as a corporation effectively controlled by one family. Etc.

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