Death Penalty - “Our sister Nancy and her husband Richard...

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Capital Punishment
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Flawed System Innocent people on death row Inadequate defense for those who can’t afford a lawyer As of April 2, 2008, 128 prisoners have been exonerated since 1973
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Carlos DeLuna Accused of 1983 stabbing murder Convicted primarily on one eyewitness testimony Chicago Tribune investigation found that murderer was more likely to have been Carlos Hernandez, who openly confessed to the murder DeLuna was executed in 1989
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Death Penalty Costs Higher cost to taxpayers than life imprisonment Litigation costs – Judges, prosecutors, public defenders Estimated $114 million per year for California residents to have the death penalty
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Death Penalty as a deterrent No clear evidence that death penalty creates more of a deterrent than life imprisonment States without the death penalty generally have lower murder rates
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Retribution Most families of victims don’t support the death penalty They see the death penalty as an extension of violence
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Quotes from victims’ families
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Unformatted text preview: “Our sister Nancy and her husband Richard were a young couple expecting their first child when they were shot to death in their home. They loved and valued life; our sister was carrying life within her when she died a terrifying and brutal death. Her last act as she was dying was to write a message of love in her blood. We can't imagine making the death of another human being her memorial.”- Jennifer Bishop , whose sister Nancy Bishop Langert and her husband Richard Langert were murdered in 1990. The assumption is all too often made that all murder-victim family members want the death penalty. The horrible reality for those of us who have lost loved ones to homicide is that nothing that happens to their murderers is going to bring our loved ones back. - Sharon Borcyzewski , whose daughter was murdered in 1997 What can you do? Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty http://www.nodeathpenaltywi.org/ Vote against death penalty referendums...
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