1:33 PM - Community - Abolish the Death Penalty (History of capital punishment)
Writings on the death penalty following an execution, by Catholic social activist Dorothy Day.
"Today, May second (1960), Caryl Chessman was gassed to death at San Quentin, California, after a twelve-year fight to save his life. Eight times he was brought to the death cell, and eight times he was given a last minute reprieve. To have some idea of the torment this man went through, one should read The Idiot by Dostoievsky, in which the author tells the story of how he himself was brought to the verge of death and at the last moment his sentence was commuted.