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Alice Hugh Brown

Alice Hugh Brown is the author of Dignity and the Death Penalty: Evolution of Catholic Teaching.

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Human Dignity vs Dehumanization: Richard Glossip

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on May 8, 2023 1:43:41 PM

Richard Glossip, 60, was set once again to be executed by the State of Oklahoma. He had already experienced six stays of execution from September 16, 2015, to February 16, 2023. His seventh execution date was set for May 18, 2023.

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Topics: justice, mercy, Catholic social teaching, Sr. Helen Prejean, human dignity

Human Dignity vs Dehumanization: Final Words of Those Executed

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Mar 8, 2023 6:00:00 AM

The State of Oklahoma has paused its executions until May 2023. This is hopeful news as it indicates that the state is not only looking over its method of execution but also allowing more time for appeals to be filed and reviewed. Members of the state legislature who still support the death penalty have expressed concern over the possibility of executing innocent persons. This is a step forward.

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Topics: Catholic social teaching, death penalty, forgiveness, Dignity and the Death Penalty

Human Dignity vs Dehumanization: Oklahoma Slows Execution Schedule

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Feb 11, 2023 7:00:00 AM

The State of Oklahoma has changed its execution schedule for 2022-2024. The change follows the January 2023 appointment of a new state attorney general and the appointments of two new members on the State Pardon and Parole Board. The original plan was to execute 25 of the state’s 43 prisoners on death row during that time. During 2022, three of the planned five executions were carried out.

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Stilling a Life of Value?

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Jan 31, 2023 12:02:24 PM

Scott James Eizember (1961-January 12, 2023)

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Human Dignity vs Dehumanization: Federal and State Approaches to the Death Penalty

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Dec 20, 2022 10:29:26 AM

John Fitzgerald Hanson (March 22, 1972…)

Mercifully, there was no execution this month in Oklahoma.

John Hanson was to be executed December 15 for the murder of two people in 1999. He is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Louisiana. The State of Oklahoma asked the federal government to release him, but the request was denied until Hanson has served his full sentence. This in effect means his execution warrant will expire. The state is suing for his return.

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Human Dignity vs. Dehumanization: Determining Mental Culpability

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Dec 6, 2022 9:06:36 AM

Richard Stephen Fairchild  (November 17, 1959 – November 17, 2022)

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Topics: justice, Catholic social teaching, death penalty, Dignity and the Death Penalty, mental incompetence, mental health

Human Dignity vs Dehumanization: Mental Incompetence

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Nov 9, 2022 11:47:59 AM

Benjamin Robert Cole, Sr.            

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Topics: justice, mercy, Catholic social teaching, death penalty, Dignity and the Death Penalty, mental incompetence

Stays of Execution

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Sep 27, 2022 9:00:00 AM

None of us want to have a dreaded appointment delayed time and again. Think, then, of the great anxiety caused when a prisoner must repeatedly anticipate his death. Then consider these stays of execution for Richard Glossip:

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Topics: justice, mercy, Catholic social teaching, dignity of each person, social justice, Dignity and the Death Penalty

Human Dignity vs Dehumanization: A Conversation

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Sep 13, 2022 12:02:00 PM

James Allen Coddington (March 22, 1972  - August 25, 2022)

“James Coddington is dead.”

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Topics: justice, mercy, Catholic social teaching, dignity of each person, Dignity and the Death Penalty

Human Dignity vs Dehumanization

Posted by Alice Hugh Brown on Aug 25, 2022 5:21:42 PM

So many injustices exist in our world that it challenges us to notice all of them. Some get overlooked or forgotten. Not so the dignity-of-life issue that has been raised by the State of Oklahoma and is getting national attention. Following a seven-year moratorium on the death penalty, the state, with the August 25 execution of James Coddintgon, has begun its intent to execute 25 of its 43 prisoners on death row between August 25, 2022 and December 24, 2024. Why? Because the state is “catching up” with executions delayed by the moratorium resulting from botched lethal injections administered in 2015.

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Topics: justice, death penalty, dignity of each person

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