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Mistakes Have Been Made Ethics Blog #4

“We have found over and over again: Mistakes have been made. Innocent people have been freed. It’s not possible to create a perfect, mistake-free death penalty system.”

– Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, announcing his state’s decision last week to abolish the death penalty. Illinois imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in 2000, “out of concern that innocent people could be put to death by a justice system that had wrongly condemned 13 men,” notes the Associated Press. “Quinn also commuted the sentences of all 15 inmates remaining on Illinois’ death row. They will now serve life in prison with no hope of parole.”


Is it moral for someone to be able to determine the fate of someone else's life?

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