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Letter: Inhumane act

April 20, 2013

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To the editor:

Over the past two centuries, there has been an evolving standard on what constitutes humane punishment for crimes in America. For example, corporal punishments such as public flogging and branding are now considered to be unnecessarily cruel.

Today, most people in the Western world believe capital punishment is inhumane, and that is why it has been abolished in the European Union. One day, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule that the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment. And that day may come sooner than we think.

Comments

Lynn731 12 months ago

As a retired peace officer I do not support the death penalty. The reason is that far too many "criminals" in prison are found to be innocent by DNA testing and other investigations. I was in favor of the death penalty when the bill was first signed into law. When it became known there was more of a chance that innocent people would be killed, due to many being released by DNA testing, I changed my mind. It costs less to keep a person in prison for life than it does to put them to death, due to the endless appeals and safeguards built in to the law. If there is only one chance that an innocent person would be killed, it is not worth it to me.

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skinny 12 months ago

Welcome to the real world!! An eye for an eye.

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