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8/13 | Death Penalty Abolition
January 21, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Alexis Hoag and Bernard E. Harcourt read and discuss “Valuing Black Lives: A Case for Ending the Death Penalty“ by Alexis J. Hoag.
In this seminar, we will explore the hidden damage that death sentences and executions wreak on family members of the condemned, wardens and prison guards, attorneys, chaplains, and others. The hidden traumas have, so far, received too little attention in the long struggle to abolish the death penalty.
“If we think about capital punishment as an inheritance of slavery, its abolition would also involve the creation of those institutions about which DuBois wrote—institutions that still remain to be built one hundred forty years after the end of slavery. If we link the abolition of capital punishment to the abolition of prisons, then we have to be willing to let go of the alternative of life without possibility of parole as the primary alternative.”
— Angela Davis, Abolition Democracy (2005)
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