Too often I get depressed in the ugly torrent of cruelty that has become part of our national character. So it’s a bit reassuring to see this just now.
Illinois has abolished the death penalty and that is a positive step back toward the humanity we’ve been so dismissive of in recent years. They’re the 16th state to do so.
Gov Pat Quinn: “Since our experience has shown that there is no way to design a perfect death penalty system, free from the numerous flaws that can lead to wrongful convictions or discriminatory treatment, I have concluded that the proper course of action is to abolish it,”
One of the Democratic sponsors of the bill that ended executions said “I think we’re on the right side of history.”
I think he’s right.