The Walking Dead and the way clergy, priests, and pastors are portrayed on TV. Hint: this one is positive.
But one particular document—from the early 1900s, she estimates—caught her eye. “The wording was so unusual,” says Dennehy, who now works for the National Council on Crime & Delinquency. “It was for a prisoner who had died in custody at the old state prison, and next to ‘cause of death’, it read ‘judicial homicide.’”
It’s a telling turn of phrase. Sometime during the 20th century—historical sources disagree as to the exact year—the term “capital punishment” entered American legal parlance, and with it a sanitized rebranding of state-sanctioned killings. Dennehy had never heard the term “judicial homicide” used before encountering it in the vault, nor—during her 30-year career in corrections that followed—did she hear it used again. Taken separately, the words “capital” and “punishment” are both qualifiers for the condemned, but “judicial homicide” points to someone else entirely. It’s the guard standing at the door to the death chamber, the strap-down team member holding the prisoner’s ankles, and the physician inserting the needle. It’s the people who walk into the death chamber and walk back out, and sure, their task is judicial. But just because we call it “punishment” now, does it affect their psyches any less than when we called it “homicide”?
The challenge of a title with multiple meanings
and why we should take into account how they effect everyone.
Fairness in the Kingdom is not about your wealth, but our health
a sermon for Proper 20A, Matthew 20:1-16
how our understanding of forgiveness is too small
a Homily for Proper 19A | Text: Matthew 18:21-35
Exciting news! The Internet Slowdown net neutrality protest planned for September 10th is really taking off. This morning, a dozen of the world’s largest websites announced that they’re joining in a big way. Sites you know and love like Etsy, Kickstarter, Wordpress, Vimeo,…
Donations go to Shield of Hope, a 501c3. The charity shares the same address as a police union in St. Louis.
just to be clear, we are looking at a scenario in which the very organization tasked with investigating an officer-involved-shooting… are behind the donation drive to support the officer involved in the shooting
I just phrased that in the most neutral terms possible and it’s still absolutely damning