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South Dakota Legislature going wrong direction with Capital Punishment

January 13, 2013

pitr_Syringe_iconAmong the bills introduced by South Dakota legislatures this session is Senate Bill 36. SB 36 is labeled: “protect the identity of the person or entity supplying the intravenous injection substance for executions and to increase the penalty for a violation of those provisions.” This bill will update South Dakota codified law 23A-27A-31.2. It was introduced by the Committee on Judiciary at the request of the Office of the Attorney General. Here is the current text of the bill:

FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to protect the identity of the person or entity supplying the intravenous injection substance for executions and to increase the penalty for a violation of those provisions.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:

Section 1. That § 23A-27A-31.2 be amended to read as follows:

23A-27A-31.2. The name, address, qualifications, and other identifying information relating to the identity of any person or entity supplying or administering the intravenous injection substance or substances under chapter 23A-27A are confidential. Disclosure of the foregoing information may not be authorized or ordered. Disclosure of confidential information pursuant to this section concerning the execution of an inmate under chapter 23A-27A is a Class 2 Class 1 misdemeanor.

Basically this bill does two things. First, it updates the language to expand who is being protected. Second it increases the punishment for breaking this law from a Class 2 to a Class 1 misdemeanor.  Sadly this shows South Dakota continues down the wrong path with capital punishment.

Gun control and reducing murder within our society has become a large debate topic recently. However at the same time we fail to debate whether the government should be allowed to kill people. The death penalty at its core is simply the taking of someone’s life for revenge. There is no justice or rehabilitation with the death penalty. There is only death.

In my view the only time it is every OK to take another persons life is in self-defense. It is hard to conceive how the long process that a prisoner goes through to get the death penalty could be called self-defense. A citizen planning to kill someone over such a long period of time it would be charged as a  premeditated murderer. Yet we fail to hold our government up to the same standard.

If as a society we want to reduce violence and murder perhaps we should look at the government. What kind of example does it set when the government kills on behalf of its citizens? Is that really how we wish our society to be perceived?

  1. LK
    January 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    “The death penalty at its core is simply the taking of someone’s life for revenge. There is no justice or rehabilitation with the death penalty. There is only death.”

    Amen

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