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Reform or Abolition?: Lessons From the Death Penalty

A version of this essay originally appeared here. When confronted with overwhelming evidence of a discriminatory state practice, a decent society responds in one of two ways: by trying to remove discrimination from the practice, or by scrapping the practice

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Forgiveness Frenzy: The Rhetoric and Rush for a New South Africa

This is part of a longer piece about amnesty for political criminals in post-apartheid South Africa.  In this selection, I discuss South Africa’s death penalty repeal and the amnesty deal struck between the pro-apartheid National Party and the anti-apartheid ANC.  When the ANC and National Party

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