Advocacy Letter - justice Not only is the death penalty not...

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December 9, 2008 Matt Blunt Office of the Governor Room 216, State Capitol Building Jefferson City MO 65101 Dear Governor Blunt, I am writing to urge you not to support the death penalty in the state of Missouri. It is a cruel and unusual punishment that doesn’t deter crime nor saves you any money. As you may know, it has been shown that the death penalty is not a crime deterrent. It has actually been proven that those states without the death penalty have a lower rate of crime than those that do, like Missouri. On March 20, 2008 there was an article written that explained your support for the Louisiana law, condoning the death penalty as a punishment for child rape. There is an abundance of evidence, which has lead myself, as well as many others, to believe that this legislation stating that those convicted of child rape should be sentenced to death, does not mean that these rapes will stop occurring. You need to look out for your state and see that the death penalty has not done your state
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Unformatted text preview: justice. Not only is the death penalty not a crime deterrence, it is more expensive that putting criminals in jail. It actually costs the state about $2 million dollars per execution, whereas it only costs only $1 million for 50 years of jail. Wouldn’t you rather use that extra money to better your states education and rebuilding communities? I urge you not to use the death penalty as a form of punishment for crimes in the state of Missouri. Like voters in many other states who believe it is time to reevaluate this sentence and assess the true impact it has on our society, you as a governor should do the same and abolish the death penalty once and for all in Missouri. I hope you seriously consider the benefits of opposing the death penalty. Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you about this issue. Sincerely,...
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