By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken
Mexico currently has no death penalty. However in the past few years the international press has reported that Mexico may reinstitute capital punishment in response to violent crimes committed by criminals engaged in drug trade. And several research studies indicate that among specific groups in Mexico, such as university students, a majority favor reinstating the death penalty. There are compelling reasons to believe that this will not happen.
Mexico has been an international leader in abolishing the use of the death penalty. Although the date of legislation formally outlawing capital punishment in all cases is quite recent – 2005 – the death penalty has not been imposed in Mexico in a civil case since the late 1930’s. Even in military cases, the last execution took place in 1961. Continue reading Is The Death Penalty Dead in Mexico?