The death penalty
remains a divisive issue among political partisans, with Democrats (49%) far less likely to be in favor of the punishment than Republicans (82%).
In 2008, representatives of the Arab civil society gathered and issued the Alexandria Declaration on a moratorium on the death penalty
in the Arab world, in which they renounced the practice, and encouraged retentionist countries to reconsider their position on the death penalty
But there are times, thankfully few, when the death penalty
is a just and appropriate sanction.
And the legislatures of three other states--Connecticut, Maryland, and Montana--are also currently considering abolishing the death penalty
The draft amendment also states that the death penalty
is not to be applied to people above 75 at the time the crime is committed.
Achieving the adoption of the resolution on a moratorium on the death penalty
in the UN General Assembly was an important step in our global efforts to strengthen the trend toward a global abolition of the death penalty
I have been criticized by some conservatives for my opposition to the death penalty
Ever since we stopped the death penalty
in the 1960s, the murder rate has increased.
If they do so, New Jersey would become the first state to abolish the death penalty
legislatively since the Supreme Court reinstated it in 1976.
At its 2006 national convention in June, the League of Women Voters adopted a new position to abolish the death penalty
But on hot-button issues including abortion, gay marriage or the death penalty
, some of the region's Republican lawmakers say their personal religious beliefs directly determine their votes and the policies they help create for Los Angeles and the nation.
The combined popularity of the book and the movie heated up a debate on the death penalty
that had been frozen for decades.