“He did a terrible thing, but he was sick. Where is the compassion? Is this the best our society can do?” – Yvonne Panetti, mother of Scott Panetti, mentally ill man on death row in Texas (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 6, 2003)
The Death Penalty Disregards Mental Illness The execution of those with mental illness or “the insane” is clearly prohibited by international law. Virtually every country in the world prohibits the execution of people with mental illness.