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The death penalty as a deterrent

Death Penalty
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/07/13, 01:10 pm

Editor's note: Marvin Olasky’s cover story in the current issue of WORLD magazine focuses on what the Bible says about the death penalty and what life is like on death row. In a series of 10 columns here on wng.org (posted Oct. 7–18), Marvin addresses public policy issues involving deterrence, discrimination, and arbitrariness in capital punishment.

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Krieg Barrie

Better off dead?

Death Penalty | Capital punishment versus (a horrifying) life without parole
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/04/13, 01:00 am

Not much in politics upset Chuck Colson as he approached his 80th birthday late in 2011, but on his Breakpoint broadcast of Sept. 23 that year he said, “a recent political event left me deeply shaken.”

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Kadir Van Lohuizen/Noor/Redux

Dead seriousness

Death Penalty | Rethinking the death penalty: The Bible sets a very high bar for capital punishment, and the American legal system today rarely reaches it
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/04/13, 01:00 am

Editor’s note: This article contains graphic descriptions of prison life. 

BEAUMONT and HUNTSVILLE, Texas—Jack Vian Jr., sentenced in 1991 to life in prison, was eligible for parole last year. Robert Dawson posted a plea for Texans to voice their opposition to the request, since Vian had stabbed Dawson’s 26-year-old sister, Barbara, 13 times. He had cut her throat and the throat of a young man who was dating her.

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