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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
Letter of the Day

Do the math, and end death penalty

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With all the articles and even cartoons in the Tribune lately, I think it’s time to put an end to one of the biggest wastes of our tax money — capital punishment.

Back in the old days, when a murderer would be tried, convicted and hung in the town square while the crime was still fresh in people’s mind, the death penalty might have been a deterrent.

Today the process of justice is different. With endless appeals, and lawyers splitting hairs, 20 years is not an uncommon time from sentence to execution. Then we debate whether discomfort is cruel and unusual punishment, usually concerning a criminal who caused massive amounts of unusual cruelty to the victim.

All the while, the cost of getting someone to the gurney from death row after years of court costs far exceeds the price of a life sentence.

The only purpose capital punishment serves is to enable politicians to give the impression they are tough on crime. Since these politicians are usually from the party that says they are against government waste, the hypocrisy is blatant.

Let’s do the math: Lock murderers up for life, and put an end to this costly farce.

John McGourty

Seffner

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