WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US state of Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the state's legislature missed a golden opportunity to have a conversation on whether the death penalty should remain a part of the US criminal justice system, Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City Government Liaison Jean Hill told Sputnik.
Governor Herbert signed the Utah Firing Squad Bill into law on Monday. The law stipulates the Utah authorities can execute convicted individuals by firing squads if there are no lethal chemicals available for execution by lethal injection.
Hill said the death penalty is about revenge, and Utah should be protecting human life and public safety while not seeking vengeance.
She also said the new law is not needed anyway, because the next lethal injection execution in Utah is several years away.
“The time spent debating methods [of execution] could have been much better spent discussing whether a modern state should execute its citizens,” Hill stated.
Hill expressed hope that instead of sentencing more individuals to die and permitting more firing squads, the Utah government leaders to place a moratorium on future death sentences until US lawmakers are able to completely erode the death penalty away.