On the other hand, there is a humanitarian requirement that sentencing discretion be flexible enough to permit sentencers to individualize justice by taking mitigating circumstances into account that might justify a sentence less than death.
Statistics show that murderers often kill again after releasement from prison. Execution is the ultimate, irrevocable punishment: the risk of executing an innocent person can never be eliminated.
To win an appeal under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Court requires an appellant to prove the decision makers in his or her case acted with intent to discriminate.
It needs to be pointed out that public support for the death penalty is inextricably linked to the desire of the people to be free from crime.
At least 19, people were known to be under sentence of death globally at the end of In several countries, the practice has been overruled by law. We publish a report annually, reporting figures and analysing trends for each country.
Related Resources:. In some countries death sentences are imposed as the mandatory punishment for certain offences, meaning that judges are not able to consider the circumstances of the crime or of the defendant before sentencing.