Amnesty International USA Responds to Death Penalty in Boston Bombing Case

In response to the announcement that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death after being convicted in the Boston Marathon bombings, Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA issued the following statement: “We condemn the bombings that took place in Boston two years ago, and we mourn the loss of life and grave injuries they caused. The death penalty, however, is not justice. It will only compound the violence, and it will not deter others from committing similar crimes in the future. It is outrageous that the federal government imposes this cruel and inhuman punishment, particularly when the people of Massachusetts have abolished it in their state. As death sentences decline worldwide, no government can claim to be a leader in human rights when it sentences its prisoners to death.”

Jim Manske’s insight:
I understand the deep human need for justice. The death penalty is a tragic expression of that need, teaching that the state has ultimate power over people. When will we learn that a restorative and a protective justice model does not include legal killing? Do you choose to not kill because you are afraid the state will kill you? Or are you motivated to protect and serve life because you are alive, your nature is to live compassionately?