On the eve of the NH Senate having the opportunity to reconsider and vote on death penalty repeal, former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens tells New Hampshire that the death penalty system is fallible and should be abolished.
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John Paul Stevens is a retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He served from December 19, 1975, until his retirement on June 29, 2010.
During his tenure, he was a supporter of the death penalty.
However, in his latest book, “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution,” the former Justice tells why he has changed his mind and now advocates for the abolition of the death penalty.
“I really think that in regard to the death penalty … I’m not sure that the democratic process won’t provide the answers sooner than the court does, because I do think there is a significantly growing appreciation of the basic imbalance in cost-per-person benefit analysis. And the application of the death penalty does a lot of harm, and does really very little good.”
“I think this country would be much better off if we did not have capital punishment.