"These death sentences are cruel and unusual in the same way that being struck by lightning is cruel and unusual ...[T]he Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments cannot tolerate the infliction of a sentence of death under legal systems that permit this unique penalty to be so wantonly and so freakishly imposed." Yes, they might.Families find closure in many different ways, and many never find closure at all.
Since 1959, the South African government officially performed 2,949 hangings (14 of women), including 1,123 in the 1980s.
Despite the grim statistics, not all capital cases ended with execution; of 83 black South Africans convicted of killing whites between June 1982 and June 1983 some 38 were hanged, as well as one white convicted of killing a white (out of 52).
But the government is an imperfect human institution, not an instrument of divine retribution — and it lacks the power, the mandate, and the competence to make sure that good is always proportionally rewarded and evil always proportionally punished.
"You have heard that it was said, ' Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person.
The last woman executed was Sandra Smith on 2 June the same year along with her boyfriend Yassiem Harris, in all cases following a murder conviction.
In February 1990, a moratorium was declared by President De Klerk.
The answer to that question is almost certainly no.
Traditional law enforcement agencies and community violence prevention programs have a much stronger track record vis-a-vis deterrence, and they remain underfunded due, in part, to the expense of the death penalty.
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." What about the Hebrew Bible?