As imprisonment suspends a basic human right, it is necessary to investigate the ethics of our criminal justice systems; issues including police corruption and loyalty, whistle-blowers and witness protection would be placed within.
mid-15c., from Middle French penalité and directly from Medieval Latin poenalitatem (nominative poenalitas ), from Latin poenalis (see penal ). The sporting sense is first recorded 1885. Ice hockey penalty box attested by 1931.
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In his encyclical The Gospel of Life , Pope John Paul II told us that we have an inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life .18 This Catholic campaign brings us together for common action to end the use of the death penalty, to reject a culture of death, and to build a culture of life. It poses an old and fundamental choice: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live. (Dt 30:19)
—USCCB, A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death