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Friends and state authority

Crime and punishment

The real security for human life is to be found in a reverence for it. If the law regarded it as inviolable, then the people would begin also so to regard it. A deep reverence for human life is worth more than a thousand executions in the prevention of murder… The law of capital punishment while pretending to support this reverence, does in fact tend to destroy it.

John Bright, 1868

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