If you want to find out when "the death penalty is dying," just look on the DPIC website. You won't need to look more than once, though, since according to the DPIC, the death penalty is always dying. It's dying when death sentences are down (but executions are up, as they were last year). It's dying if public support drops by a sliver within the poll's margin of error (but consistently remains at better than 2-1). It's dying if abolitionist bills were "introduced" in X number of states, even if every one of them flopped. It's dying when a quarter of the public thinks capital punishment is imposed too often, another quarter think it's imposed about right, and half think it's not imposed often enough (which is the current state of public opinion according to Gallup).
.In other words, in DPIC's ideologically driven world, it's dying whenever the DPIC wants to think so, whatever the facts may be.
All this by way of prologue to a story up today on Sentencing Law and Policy. The story has several interesting features. Its principal focus is on public outrage in South Korea over the rape and murder of a 13 year-old girl by a fellow twice previously convicted of rape. No one has been executed in South Korea for 13 years. It seems to me this fellow stands a pretty good chance of ending the drought.
The main reason I think so is simple to explain: South Koreans favor the death penatly 8-to-1.
Here's the story:
A recent rape and murder case in South Korea has sparked debate over the death penalty, with many South Koreans calling for capital punishment against the culprit. The rape and murder of a teenage girl in South Korea has shocked the country. The body of the 13-year-old victim was found in a water tank near her home.
The suspect -- Kim Kil-tae -- was captured earlier this month in the southern port city of Busan. He is believed to have spent 11 years behind bars for two previous rapes.
Reacting to the case, many South Koreans want the death penalty to be enforced, to deter similar crimes. A recent survey carried out in South Korea showed that more than 80 per cent supported capital punishment. The consensus is that the punishment should match the severity of the crime, and capital punishment also serves as a deterrence.
Of the 3,049 adults surveyed, 83.1 per cent said they supported the death penalty, and only 11.1 per cent were opposed to it....
Opinions among government officials and politicians were more divided. South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Kim Hyung-o said the state could not take away a human life, while Justice Minister Lee Kwi-nam recently hinted at support for the death penalty, by suggesting the government build a facility to execute death row prisoners.
The last time South Korea carried out the death penalty was in 1997, when 23 people were executed by hanging. Currently, there are 59 convicts on death row.