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Old 11-23-2003, 05:43 PM
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Default Push to end death penalty

Nov. 17, 2003

Push to end death penalty

Newly released statistics show that the costly and unjust system of
capital punishment is changing.

A division of the U.S. Department of Justice reported that in 2002 the
number of people entering death row dropped for the fourth year in a row,
to 159. Just more than 300 people were sentenced to death in 1998. The
states and federal government must do away with this flawed system of

In recent years, some legislatures, including those in Missouri and
Kansas, have debated bills to abolish or severely limit use of the death
penalty, though none adopted such laws last year. Indiana at least raised
the minimum age of eligibility for a death sentence to 18 from 16 at the
time the crime was committed.

13 states last year executed 71 persons, an increase of 5 from 2001. As
usual, Texas, led the pack with 33. Since federal courts began allowing
executions again in 1977, Texas has executed more than 300 prisoners,
which is 200-plus ahead of the 2nd most lethal state, Virginia.

In that same time, Missouri executed more than 60 persons, while Kansas
killed no one.

It's instructive to note that the 71 persons executed last year had been
on death row an average of more than 10 years. Because of appeals, the
cost of the capital punishment system far exceeds the cost of keeping
people in prison for life. Even more worrisome, the system sometimes
executes people who are either innocent or wrongly convicted, including
people with impaired mental capacity or with mental illnesses. It's a
shameful approach to justice.

The steady decline in the number of people being sent to death row offers
evidence that capital punishment is on its way out. But achieving that
laudable goal will require steadfast efforts wherever the death penalty is
still allowed.


Source: Kansas City Star, Editorial
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Old 11-24-2003, 11:29 PM
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thanks for posting this softie..very interesting.

but, i sure as hell wont be happy until they do away w/DP for good. hopefully that day will come soon

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ditto that!
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There is always hope.
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