The Death Penalty: A Punishment that Doesn't End at the Gallows
October 10, 2018
“They took these guys and killed them, and what happened? Is anyone taking care of their families? Has the country gotten better?”
- wife of man executed on drug charges in May 2016
The term “ultimate punishment” implies finality, that the ending of a convicted person’s life brings a closure and punctuation no other punishment can. But the name deceives: for loved ones left behind, those with a hand in the legal process, and society generally, the nightmare of execution does not end at the gallows.
Their stories include:
This World Day Against the Death Penalty, ABC invites you to reflect on the untold stories of capital punishment - a practice which, behind every statistic, leaves broken lives in its wake. By foregrounding the first-person stories and tracing a pattern of trauma and loss, we hope to show that Iranians, and indeed people the world over, deserve better than this ineffective, unjust, and life-shattering punishment.