Death penalty too costly for all involved

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    Tooele, UT
    If we get rid of the death penalty, what will the bleeding hearts want to get rid of next?


    Gee, I don't know...

    Sickness, Disease?
    Salve Labor?
    Corporate greed?
    National debt?

    The list created by greedy, selfish, men is so long it's hard to know were to start...

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Nov. 26, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    It actually costs more to put a person to death than it does to keep them in prison for life. But that's not going to stop people from being put to death because the government has become so bloodthirsty.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    If we get rid of the death penalty, what will the bleeding hearts want to get rid of next?

    Life in prison without parole, both for juveniles and adults?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Nov. 24, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Christ. Christ was wrongly accused and sentenced to death.

    I think it's clear in the scriptures that Christ would have himself be the last one.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    JCS habitually tosses out so many sweepingly wide generalizations that virtually all of his comments are rendered meaningless as a result.

    But if he would Google "cost of death penalty vs life without parole" he might discover something.

    Apparently, the cost of executing an inmate is at least ten times greater than the cost of lifetime incarceration.

    Thanks, JCS, for making me seek out some accurate information. I learn a lot when I do that.

    Perhaps you might find it to be an educational experience, too.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    Check out the Death Penalty Information Center. Well over a hundred death row inmates have been subsequently exonerated, many by DNA evidence proving their innocence. Simple logic suggests that innocent people were routinely executed in those years prior to the use of DNA evidence. The National Registry of Exonerations is another valuable resource, tracking all known cases in which innocent people were found guilty of capital offenses.
    Since this writer seems concerned about cost, and lawyer fees, may I suggest that getting rid of the death penalty altogether would be far more cost-effective.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    This letter is correct.

    How can someone who says they are truely Pro-Life, be Pro-Death Penalty and Pro-War?

    I'm a veteran, I'm against War, the Death Penalty, and for Universal Healthcare.

    That makes me Liberal,
    and ironically I'm the one the far-right calls a murderer.

    BTW - the fact that those who want less Government,
    are the same hyupocrite who grant the Government ultimate power over and legally execute it's citizens.

    And if someone wants to use religion to justify it --
    The Old Testament laws were superceded by the New Testmant.
    Jesus [and innocent man] was exucted by religous zealots, and a corrupt Government.

    Letr's not make the same mistakes.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 24, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    Newly-available DNA evidence has allowed the exoneration and release of more than 15 death row inmates since 1992 in the United States.

    "Having witnessed executions firsthand, I have no doubts: capital punishment is a very scripted and rehearsed murder. It's the most premeditated murder possible. As Troy Davis's execution approached - and then passed its set hour, as the Supreme Court considered a stay - I thought of the terrible tension we all experienced as executions dragged into the late hours of the night. No one wanted to go ahead with the execution, but then a court stay offered little relief: you knew you were going to repeat the whole process and execute him sometime in the future.

    I will always live with these images - with "nagging doubt," even though I do not believe that any of the executions carried out under my watch were mistaken. I hope that, in the future, men and women will not die for their crimes, and other men and women will not have to kill them. The United States should be like every other civilized country in the Western world and abolish the death penalty."
    (Allen Ault, "I Ordered Death in Georgia")

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    Well, let's see, DNA evidence examined after executions turned up at least three in Texas who were apparently executed wrongly.

    After a man was executed -- again in Texas, I believe it was -- for having set fire to his home resulting in the deaths of his children, only to have the evidence used completely impeached when competent arson investigators looked at it.

    Those are four I can think of right off the top.

    It must be awfully unpleasant to live in such a dark world as some of our commentors here seem to inhabit.

  • Bifftacular Spanish Fork, Ut
    Nov. 24, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    I'll gladly be for the abolishment of the death penalty the very second someone can figure out an absolute way to guarantee that keep killers (who deserved the death penalty) stay locked up for life. But, because that is impossible with escapes and soft judges who grant ridiculous paroles, I'll stay an advocate of the death penalty. Whether it deters other people from killing or not, I don't necessarily care. What it does do is deter THAT killer from ever killing again.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 24, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    @ JCS: Please quote my exact statement where I claim innocent people have been executed.

    Oh, that's right - I never made that claim. Your lack of reading comprehension and/or willingness to put words in other people's mouths calls into question the validity of your entire statement.

    If you cannot make your statement using real facts, your statement automatically fails. How can you claim to be a proponent of truth and peace when you must use lies to support your position? Are there no facts that support your position?

    The point of the letter is that the death penalty should be administered sooner after the conviction and there should be a limited number of appeals. I made a case for why more appeals and time are necessary.

    Without using misstatements, can you make and support the claim that I am wrong?

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Nov. 24, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Killing to show killing is not tolerated is asinine. Vengeance and revenge is the real reason. That "religious" types support is is a travesty. Their fixation on vengenace is of Satan, not any kind of God.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    Kalindra has fallen for the leftist propaganda. There is absolutely no proof that any innocent person has been executed in the last 20 years. That is simply a lie.

    Are peace, prosperity, and security unworthy goals? If so, let's save money by abolishing the death penalty. If they are worthy goals, let's spend a little money to prevent innocent women and children from being violated and killed.

    Any student of history knows that going soft on crime leads to more crime. The death penalty is reserved for those who commit the most horrible crimes. Those who oppose the death penalty forget who the innocent really are. The victims are the innocent ones, not the murderers. It appears that those who oppose the death penalty are OK with more victims, as long as we save a few bucks by getting rid of the supposedly coostly death penalty.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 24, 2012 5:52 a.m.

    We know that innocent people have been found guilty and sentenced to death. We know that many of these innocent people on death row had been there for over 20 years and had had numerous appeals.

    Are you willing to execute an innocent person because it is cheaper?