Monday, December 17, 2007
Finally, something Jersey be proud of
They are the first state to abolish the death penalty. This was signed into law today by Governor Corzine. It is nice to see the Democrats actually stand up to the Republicans for a change. The article here does not note this, but I had heard on the Rachel Maddow Show that this was prompted by an investigation by NJ into the death penalty where they found they were spending more to execute people than to sentence them to life without parole and that the death penalty was not serving as a deterrent to violent crime, ya think. The US is one of only a handful of nations worldwide that still uses the death penalty and most of the other countries we would consider to be "uncivilized". But yet we have one of the most violent societies in the world as well. You would think that if the death penalty was a deterrent we would see some kind of drop off in violent crime and yet the rate of violent crime seems to be rising. So maybe if we spent more money in education and taking care of the people in need and less on trying to kill them, we would actually make some change for the better in this country.
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