America’s Dangerous Obsession With Innocence

Source: The Atlantic
by Elizabeth Bruenig

“It goes without saying that the state should not kill innocent people, and that it is a good thing to save the innocent from a fate no one thinks they deserve. I believe it is a good thing, too, to save the guilty from a fate some would argue they have earned. That the one stance may occlude the other reflects the death penalty’s bizarre moral universe. … Perhaps the most dispiriting fact about the innocence movement is that despite its noble intention and excellent work, it hasn’t accomplished its implicit goal of discrediting capital punishment as an institution. In a poll released by Pew this month, 78 percent of Americans said they believe our criminal-justice system risks the execution of innocent people, but 64 percent still said they favor the death penalty in murder cases.” ()6/09/21)