Friday, 8 August 2008

Abolish capital punishment

Marge McMillen - East Amherst, N.Y.

Are you not amazed at the number of convicted prisoners who have been exonerated lately thanks to DNA?

It's obvious that we, as a society, have probably executed a number of innocent people. If that alone doesn't convince people that the death penalty should be scrapped, then maybe the cost might make more sense.

USA TODAY's article "Prisoners' death row time doubles" pointed out the high cost of keeping a prisoner on death row for years and years of waiting before an execution takes place, if ever.

Also, a California commission report said, "It costs about $90,000 more per year to house a death row inmate than other inmates."

Give all prisoners convicted of the death penalty life without parole. Let them live to regret the day they committed the crime that put them there, and if by chance society did get the wrong person, they still have the opportunity to prove their innocence.

At the same time, it would save you, the taxpayer, $90,000 per death row inmate per year. It's clearly a win-win situation.

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