Yesterday, the Turkish parliament passed a series of democratic reforms designed to facilitate their entry into the European Union. One of those reforms was the abolition in the death penalty. In many countries, the death penalty has been abolished. One notable example where it hasn?t is the United States (some states), where many you, my fellow members of the JC community reside. For those of you, both inside and outside of the US, what is your stand on the death penalty? I live in Canada and the death penalty has been abolished for some time. Personally, I do not believe the state should have to power to end one?s life. I feel life is far too precious to be prematurely, no matter the crime. Also, I believe the possibility for mistakes (wrongful convictions) in the judicial system is too prevalent (still) to justify the efficacy of the death penalty. Wrongful executions have and still occur today with irrevocable consequences. One request if you?re going to post an opinion: please don?t deride the stand (for or against) of individual JC member on this contentious issue. Read their arguments, ask helpful questions, and offer new viewpoints. Thank you.