But no matter how many ways you think we can tweak this system to make it better and more effective, no matter how much you say that the worst of the worst deserve the absolute worst we can give them, we’re still going to find ourselves executing those who are poor, or intellectually disabled, or whose victims are most sympathetic to juries. And whether we hang them, shoot them, gas them, electrocute them, cut off their heads, or pump their veins full of poison, there’s no getting around the fact that their deaths make killers of us all. The death penalty is racist, classist, and morally bankrupt, and the only way to improve it is to abolish it entirely.

Ari Kohen (re cnn.com)  Abolish the Death Penalty
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