The death penalty and its alternative in the form of community service

History Anarchist Auguste Vaillant guillotined in France in Execution of criminals has been used by nearly all societies since the beginning of civilizations on Earth. The use of formal execution extends to the beginning of recorded history. Most historical records and various primitive tribal practices indicate that the death penalty was a part of their justice system.

The death penalty and its alternative in the form of community service

Statement on the Death Penalty: Stories of Violence and Responses to It During the past few weeks the newspapers and television have been filled with articles and stories about the execution of Duncan McKenzie Jr.

Prison sentences and alternatives to prison for defendants convicted of crimes.

Editorials, letters to the editor and statements have been the rule of the day. This was obviously a difficult decision because it touched a wide variety of emotions, feelings, hurts, anxieties and even politics. These are difficult times as society strives to protect itself from violent crimes, murder, rape, torture and kidnapping.

At the same time, society seeks to deal with life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, malformed babies, the severely handicapped, the disabled, the elderly when they are not self-sufficient and the terminally ill. The recent execution offers us an opportunity to reflect on the principle of life, which plays such an important role in the whole structure of our faith tradition.

As bishop of the diocese, charged with teaching the truths of our faith tradition, I want to share some observations with you. They are not meant to be argumentative or demeaning of anyone else's feelings or opinions.

They are observations which flow from recent church documents and from my personal experiences. They have challenged me to commit myself to the principle of life in all I do and all I believe.

Quite simply stated, life is God's sacred gift! It is in his hands. Life comes from him and returns to him in an ongoing flow and flux, ebb and tide of birth and death.

We are created in his image, the image of his eternal, redeeming presence. Life has infinite value at every stage. Even when we mar and destroy his image, life still is his gift, his prerogative. In the coming of Jesus Christ, the word of life, the image of God is restored to its highest expression.

The resurrection becomes the ultimate sign of life, a life to which all who accept the Lord of life are called. Among them were love and forgiveness: But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you! This is a basic, fundamental tenet that flows from the principle of life, the conviction that only faith in that life can be the real motivation for the decision-making process.

Pro-life should control the way we relate to every issue. To suspend the principle of life when we get to an issue that challenges us is to be pro-choice, not pro-life.

The death penalty and its alternative in the form of community service

Pro-choice puts the burden of truth on our personal likes and dislikes, our votes and options, our feelings and politics, our measures and norms, our pleasures and conveniences, our hates and violence. Pro-life, on the other hand, puts the burden of truth on the conviction that life is God's gift.

It is always in his hands. You can t pick and choose issues or flip-flop back and forth. To do so puts the whole agenda of pro-life at risk. It destroys its credibility! It opens one to the accusation of hypocrisy. Ultimately it will undermine our faith life and dilute moral leadership.

One might say that this pro-life position forms the hard pebble stone on which, sooner or later, any other choice is obliged to break its teeth. Unfortunately there is no magical handkerchief under cover of which at a certain instant there is substituted for one reality another that is totally different.

Forgiveness The principle of life played out in startlingly different ways during the recent execution. Let me be clear about one thing: Justice requires that the victims of violent crimes receive the greatest care and compassion possible. The Catholic Church mourns with those who suffer pain or loss from these crimes and offers its full support to victims and their families during their process of grief and healing.

Quite honestly, we cannot do enough for them in our efforts to bring peace and reconciliation into their lives. I have been part of this pain of loss on many occasions in my priesthood.

Words seem to fail! Where can we turn to find a way out of the anguish and bitterness that envelopes us. Some say by bloodletting. Spill someone else's blood and that will make all things right again in the world!Ch.

7 Criminal Process. STUDY. PLAY. monetary fines, incarceration, probation,community service, death penalty. By far, what is the most common form of criminal sanction?

Is this form of punishment applicable only for misdemeanors? What experimental alternative to the traditional prison experience was tried in selected American. Court Ordered Community Service In some cases, a judge will order a criminal offender to perform work on behalf of the community, usually in exchange for a reduction of fines and/or incarceration.

Court ordered community service can accompany some other form of alternative sentence with the intent that performing community service offers more. Watch video · Death Alternative framework is a story manager for defeat-like events: other mods can register new branches and nodes that will be started when the conditions are met.

And the best thing of all is that plugins can register new nodes in the same way that new MCM menu are registered in SkyUI i.e. without explicit dependency on SkyUI. See, e.g., J. DeParle, Abstract Death Penalty Meets Real Execution, The New York Times, June 30, (only 36% of those in a Justice Department survey voted for the death penalty in simulated cases typical of those punishable by death).

The alternative is the principle of death, and once we have opened the vial and released that plague, no one can stop the virus from spreading. Like the deadly Ebola virus, it claims victim after victim because there is no way to stop the bleeding.

Georgia U.S. () -- [The] Court upheld Georgia's newly passed death penalty and said that the death penalty was not always cruel and unusual punishment. Tison v.

Sentencing Alternatives: Prison, Probation, Fines, and Community Service |