Crime and Criminal Justice

Crime and Criminal Justice

51st General Assembly
November l97l
Los Angeles, CA

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Preventing and punishing criminal conduct are among the primary obligations of government at all levels. But it is also the obligation of government to ensure that no one is unjustly accused, convicted, or punished. In Deuteronomy 16:20, the Torah commands us, (

Tzedek, tzedek tirdof,


"Justice, justice you shall pursue"), and the sages explained that the word (


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WHEREAS we are appalled at the terror and violence in certain regions of our nation, designed to induce massive resistance to civil rights, freedom and equality of all citizens, and

WHEREAS some local law enforcement authorities are unwilling or unable to ensure the safety of citizens engaged in civil rights activities,

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We believe it to be the task of the Jew to bring our great spiritual and ethical heritage to bear upon the moral problems of contemporary society. One such problem, which challenges all who seek to apply God's will in the affairs of men, is the practice of capital punishment. We believe that in the light of modern scientific knowledge and concepts of humanity, the resort to our continuation of capital punishment either by a state or by the national government is no longer morally justifiable.

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Board of Trustees
May 1968
New York, New York

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