I believe Justice is more about lawfulness and equity, not just balancing perfectly, which isn't realistic. The Law has to be applied, so that Justice is tempered with mercy or we lose our humanity and ability to have compassion, even if the criminal had none. It doesn't mean that we don't punish or hold people accountable but if even one innocent person is killed with the death penalty, it's too high a price for retribution. We must hold ourselves to a higher standard than that of the law breaker and merciless.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
And there's no equivalency - unless you insist on introducing it, by erasing the difference between killing in self-defense and killing someone defenseless.
No, evil spreads from rotten vengeful brains, and thankfully it's not up to someone like you to decide what is and is not a priority. The death penalty is not necessary, is expensive and puts blood on all of our hands.That's how evil spreads. Such is life.. the family of the sickos responsible for many of these terrible crimes are not the priority.
New Voices - Victims' Families | Death Penalty Information Center
Murder Victims' Families Testify in Maryland on the Death Penalty
Family members of murder victims testified before the Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee on March 6 about the painful toll the death penalty has taken on their lives, stating that the resources spent on seeking death sentences could be better used elsewhere. "I've watched too many families go through this to make me believe the system will ever work," said Kathy Garcia, whose nephew was murdered 20 years ago. She continued, "The death penalty divides families at the very time they need each other the most." Other family members of murdered victims agreed, suggesting that the money spent on the death penalty could be better used in providing counseling and other support to survivors. Vicki Schieber (pictured), whose daughter was murdered in Philadelphia in 1998, told the committee that years of death penalty appeals are excruciating to families. "The system is just too painful," she said.Ronald Carlson wanted vengeance when his sister was murdered in 1983 in Texas. But when he witnessed the execution in 1998 of the person who committed the murder he changed his mind. In a recent op-ed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Carlson said he had no opinion on capital punishment before his sister’s death and remembers feeling hatred and “would have killed those responsible with my own hands if given the opportunity.” But he later discovered that, “Watching the execution left me with horror and emptiness, confirming what I had already come to realize: Capital punishment only continues the violence that has a powerful, corrosive effect on society.”
Carlson said he sympathizes with other victims’ families, understanding how they would want to see those who killed their love ones suffer the same fate. But, he said, “[O]ur justice system should not be dictated by vengeance.” He asked, “As a society, shouldn’t we be more civilized than the murderers we condemn?” Carlson has spent over half of his life examining this issue and has come to believe, “We as a society should not be involved in the practice of killing people.”
(R. Carlson, “Time to end the death penalty’s cycle of violence,” Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, August 3, 2008).