Ban on Death Penalty for Individuals with Mental or Developmental Disabilities

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In an effort to uphold fundamental principles of justice and human rights, it has been unequivocally decreed that individuals suffering from mental illnesses, developmental, or intellectual disabilities shall not be subject to the death penalty. This compassionate and ethical stance acknowledges the unique vulnerabilities of these individuals within the criminal justice system.

Under this mandate, it is expressly prohibited to impose capital punishment on those who can demonstrate a bona fide diagnosis of mental illness or developmental/intellectual disabilities. This prohibition is founded upon the understanding that such individuals may not possess the requisite capacity to fully comprehend the consequences of their actions, rendering the death penalty unjust and inhumane.

This landmark policy seeks to rectify historical injustices and reaffirm society’s commitment to treating all its members with dignity and respect. It emphasizes the importance of a fair and equitable justice system that distinguishes between the culpability of individuals based on their mental and cognitive capacities.

By banning the death penalty for these vulnerable populations, we recognize the need for a more compassionate and enlightened approach to justice.

Re-reported from the article originally published in The Live law

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