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Saturday, March 14, 2009

A happy start to the weekend

With very rare exception, I have never understood the need to sentence convicted criminals to death.

If sentencing as many people as the U.S. does to death acted as a deterrent to crimes like murder, I could easily support this.  It just doesn't.

One silver lining to this economic mess is that states (like New Mexico just yesterday) are starting to get rid of the death penalty under the reasoning that this sentence just costs the state too much money.  Life imprisonment without parole is more cost effective.

The last few months have been an opportunity as a country to rethink our approach to so many things.  It will be interesting to see how much further changes in the justice / correctional system will go.

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