Friday, February 19, 2016

Letters To The Editor

Daily Breeze Opinion, 2/19/16

As it is now, not much point to the death penalty

Re:  "Is it time to put an end to the death penalty in California"  (Question of the Week, Feb. 9)

The California death penalty is pointless as no one has been executed since 2006.  The last one to be put to death was 76 years old and had been there since 1982.

At the moment, there are 746 people on death row.  The oldest is 83.

Our judicial system has allowed for these killers to be on death row for as much as 30 years!  More have died of illness than the gas chamber.

What's the point of the death penalty?

Taxpayers are supporting them either way.  And with 746 of them enjoying their days, it clearly isn't much of a deterrent.

Nina Murphy

Let me add to you that I should have thought of this before I sent it -- If the victim's families pay taxes, then they are paying to keep the murderous criminals who killed their loved one alive with a roof over their heads, food in their bellies and free medical care..   That's the sickest thought possible. 

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