Have you been affected by the death penalty?

A central goal of the Caribbean Death Penalty Research project is to learn more about public opinion and to promote engagement on some of the main issues surrounding the death penalty. In this blog, we’re asking the below questions which relate to:

  • women and the death penalty
  • the families of persons sentenced to death
  • terrorism and the death penalty

In particular, we are keen to talk to people who have been affected by the death sentence – especially those who have a relative or friend who has been sentenced to death.

Please take a few minutes to read the questions – all feedback can be sent to Florence Seemungal at florence.seemungal@open.uwi.edu

Have you been affected by the death penalty?

Have you had a family member convicted for murder and sentenced to death? If yes, are you willing to be contacted for follow-up conversations?

Do you know someone who had a family member sentenced to death or executed by the Courts for a Criminal Conviction? If yes, can you put us in touch with them?

Please leave your contact details (email, Skype, WhatsApp, or phone).

Question 1

Fact: At present in most jurisdictions in the Caribbean region, a death sentence will not be imposed upon a defendant under the age of 21 years who has been convicted for murder. This means that this person can be punished, but not by hanging.

Your Opinion: Do you think that women who have been convicted for murder in the Caribbean (or in other parts of the world that retain the death penalty) should also be exempted from a death sentence and instead be given a non-death sentence? A non-death sentence could include life imprisonment or a fixed term of years in prison, or a non-custodial sentence.

Tell us about yourself: age, nationality, job, gender, and anything else you feel is relevant.

Question 2

Your Opinion: When a male or female prisoner is convicted for murder and sentenced to death, do you think that the families (spouse, children, or parents) of these condemned prisoners suffer negatively? Please indicate yes or no, and give your views. For example, if you indicated ‘yes’ explain in what way (or ways) the family members of persons sentenced to death or executed may suffer.

Tell us about yourself: age, nationality, job, gender, and anything else you feel is relevant.

Question 3

Fact: Guyana has approved new anti-terrorism laws which would see the death sentence imposed on persons convicted of certain terror offences.

Your Opinion: Do you think that persons who have been convicted of terror offences should be liable for the death penalty? Do you think that the death penalty is a deterrent against terrorism? Does having the death sentence make people ‘think twice’ about committing terrorist acts?

Tell us about yourself: age, nationality, job, gender, and anything else you feel is relevant.

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