Capital punishment will not stop or deter violent crime, only addressing the root causes will.
In a media release issued October 6 in commemoration of the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10 (last Tuesday), Amnesty International, Greater Caribbean for Life, RED Initiatives TT and the Catholic Commission for Social Justice urged the Government to “focus on human development and crime prevention rather than expend time and energy in seeking to resume hanging”.
The theme of this year’s World Day, Poverty and Justice: a deadly mix was chosen to “raise awareness about the reasons why people living in poverty are at a greater risk of being sentenced to death and executed”. According to Amnesty International, 16 countries had abolished the death penalty in law for all crimes in 1977. Today, two-thirds of all countries (141) are abolitionist in law or in practice.